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February 24, 11:32 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Lana:
... There's no stopping you is there, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
Huh? What do you mean?

Lana:
You called for Jake Marshall. It seems you've figured everything out.

Phoenix:
Uh... (I haven't figured anything out...)

Ema:
Lana... You're the one who knows everything!

Lana:
Ema...

Ema:
You always know everything! Why don't you just tell us!? Mr. Wright is trying his hardest to protect you!

Lana:
I... I don't recall ever asking for his "protection."

Ema:
How can you be so cold... Don't you trust us? Don't you trust... me?

Lana:
...

Gumshoe:
Hope I'm not interrupting anything, pals.

Lana:
...

Ema:
...

Gumshoe:
Oh... Guess I am. I'll come back later.

Phoenix:
Oh, Detective Gumshoe! What is it?

Gumshoe:
You've got a lot of nerve, pal! Making a detective run all around while on duty, and to top it off you call me here... I've seen happier people at funerals!

Lana:
Sorry, Detective.

Gumshoe:
You better be, pal...Hey... Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! Hey!!!! I didn't see you there, Ms. Skye!

Lana:
That's ok. So... Have you brought what I asked?

Gumshoe:
Oh... Oh ho! Oh ho ho! Oh ho ho ho! Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho! You mean this, right!?

Lana:
My apologies, Detective. Due to my present circumstances, I was forced to use Mr. Wright's name when making my request.

Phoenix:
My name!?

Gumshoe:
Never in a million years would I have thought it was you who asked me, "Could I bother you to bring me the SL-9 Incident files?" "I'll need them by noon." Talk about crazy...

Phoenix:
The "SL-9 Incident"?

Ema:
But Lana! That's...

Lana:
I thought Mr. Wright might need them, so I had them brought here. Here. You might do well to read them.

Gumshoe:
I can't believe you, the Chief Prosecutor, were a witness in that case!

Phoenix:
Ms. Skye... was a witness?

Received file of SL-9 Incident Files.

Gumshoe:
Take it from me, you don't want anything to do with serial murders.

Phoenix:
...

Gumshoe:
Oh, what? Now that I've brought you your stuff, you're just gonna ignore me?

Phoenix:
E-Ema! But why... Why is your name in here?

Ema:
What? My name's in there!? I don't know... Unless... No, it couldn't be... Lana! This "SL-9 Incident"... Is that...

Lana:
... That's the classification number the police filed it under. Two years ago, the rest of the world knew it as... the "Joe Darke Killings."

Ema:
The... Joe Darke... No... No, Lana! That's over with! No!!!

Phoenix:
Ema, wait! (She ran away...)


Gumshoe:
Uh, ya know what? I just remembered... I gotta be somewhere. Sorry pal, but I'm outta here!

Phoenix:
(Jake Marshall, Angel Starr, Damon Gant, Miles Edgeworth... Not to mention Lana and Ema...) Everyone involved in this case is connected to those killings two years ago... This can't be just a "coincidence."

Lana:
Knowing you, you just might be able to figure it out. Time to get back to the trial, Mr. Wright. Best of luck.

Phoenix:
(I'd better take a good look at this file...)

To be continued.




February 22, 12:14 PM
District Court
Courtroom No. 9

Judge:
The court will now reconvene for the trial of Ms. Lana Skye.

Phoenix:
(Ema didn't come back...)

Edgeworth:
Allow me to call the next witness to the stand: the officer in charge of guarding the evidence room on the day of the crime. Witness, please state your name and occupation.

Marshall:
Me, pardner? Oh, I'm just a man, same as you, wanderin' the trails of civilization,

Edgeworth:
occasionally helping the elderly cross intersections when needed.

Judge:
Oh, I know! You're a "patrolman"!

Marshall:
As for my name, if you listen hard 'nuff, you can hear the howling wind calling it out.

Edgeworth:
To be exact, it's Jake Marshall... Your Honor.

Phoenix:
("Howling wind"...? I've never heard Edgeworth described that way before...)

Edgeworth:
Now, Mr. Marshall. Let me ask you something. You were in charge of guarding the evidence room on the day the crime took place. Is this correct?

Marshall:
According to the papers, pardner.

Judge:
What do you mean?

Marshall:
A desperado's soul is as boundless as the desert sands. No "paper" can sum it up.

Judge:
Maybe it's best we get on with this quickly. Please share with us your testimony of the day of the crime... in English!




Witness Testimony
- - Day of the Crime - -

Marshall:
My job was to keep a wary eye on that bone orchard.
They said I was supposed to make rounds three times a day, but that ain't my style.
Besides, the room's protected by two security systems, anyway.
If I remember right, I was at a street-side saloon at the time it went down.
I'm just an innocent travelin' man, so if you're out of ammo it's time I hit the trail.

Judge:
I can't say I particularly care for your attitude...

Marshall:
I can't say I care for your beard, but you don't see me complainin'.

Phoenix:
Wait a minute... What do you mean by "two security systems"?

Marshall:
I mean the security cameras and the ID card reader. I reckon even a cowpoke like you knows about those.

Phoenix:
Yes, well, what about the fingerprint activated locks inside the evidence room?

Marshall:
Fingerprint activated locks? What kind of new-fangled doohickeys are those?

Phoenix:
(He's not being very helpful...)

Edgeworth:
He's not that good with machines... or with following orders.

Marshall:
Everyone's got their weaknesses, now don't they, Mr. Prosecutor?

Judge:
This one seems like trouble. Okay Mr. Wright, he's all yours.




Cross Examination
- - Day of the Crime - -

Marshall:
My job was to keep a wary eye on that bone orchard.


Marshall:
They said I was supposed to make rounds three times a day, but that ain't my style.


Marshall:
Besides, the room's protected by two security systems, anyway.


Marshall:
If I remember right, I was at a street-side saloon at the time it went down.



Marshall:
I'm just an innocent travelin' man, so if you're out of ammo it's time I hit the trail.



Phoenix:
(Okay... I have a trump card up my sleeve, so I'd best keep my cool. Before I use it though, I'd better up the ante...)




Phoenix:
Officer Marshall. Doesn't it strike you as odd? That is, you being called in to testify like this?

Marshall:
...

Phoenix:
After all, you weren't in the security room at the time of the crime.

Marshall:
And yet you dragged me down here. Explain yourself, pardner.

Phoenix:
It's quite simple. You left a very large trail behind at the scene. Or, to be exact... a handprint.

Marshall:
Hmph! Listen real good, pardner. Like I said, I'm the caretaker of that crypt. I pay my respects... that is, make my rounds, about once a month. It's only natural my fingerprints would be in there.

Phoenix:
Objection
I only wish it were, Officer, but you see... your fingerprints were covered in blood!

Judge:
Witness! What's the meaning of this!? Your bloodstained fingerprints were at the crime scene...!?

Phoenix:
The blood was wiped away. However! A luminol test clearly revealed this! Well, Officer Marshall?

Marshall:
... It seems to me... there ain't a person in this room with a head on his shoulders.

Phoenix:
!

Edgeworth:
I take it you have an explanation then, Officer Marshall? About the "bloodstained" fingerprints?

Judge:
Very well, you may begin your testimony about your fingerprints, found at the scene of the crime!




Witness Testimony
- - Bloodstained Fingerprints - -

Marshall:
Like I said, it's only natural for my fingerprints to be in that evidence room.
One of them just happened to be at the same place as the bloodstained handprint.
The murderer touched the locker where my fingerprint was by chance.
The bloodstain and the fingerprint are completely unrelated.
Or didn't you know the murderer was wearing gloves?
See? I had nothing to do with it.

Judge:
Hmm... The witness's explanation appears valid, although there's room for doubt.

Marshall:
Life wouldn't be any fun without any doubt, pardner.

Judge:
The defense may now cross- examine the witness.

Phoenix:
(This guy's hiding something, I can feel it! Now's my chance to prove it.)




Cross Examination
- - Bloodstained Fingerprints - -

Marshall:
Like I said, it's only natural for my fingerprints to be in that evidence room.


Marshall:
One of them just happened to be at the same place as the bloodstained handprint.


Marshall:
The murderer touched the locker where my fingerprint was by chance.


Marshall:
The bloodstain and the fingerprint are completely unrelated.


Marshall:
Or didn't you know the murderer was wearing gloves?


Marshall:
Too bad it wasn't me in that video, right, pardner?


Phoenix:
(I can't let him squirm out of this one. I've got to find something, something decisive, to tie Officer Marshall to this crime!)




Phoenix:
Bringing our attention back to the security camera... is a mistake I'm afraid you'll soon not forget, Officer Marshall.

Marshall:
... The days are short in Texas... and so are our tempers. Could you sum up what you have to say in eight words or less?

Phoenix:
Very well. You can clearly be seen in this video!

Marshall:
Exactly eight words... Not bad, pardner.

Phoenix:
The key... lies in a certain locker shown in the video.

Judge:
See this locker that has a white cloth sticking out? This is the witness's locker.

Phoenix:
Now then, let's rewind the video a bit.

Judge:
Oh! The white cloth... it's gone! What's the meaning of this, Officer Marshall!?

Phoenix:
When the crime took place... The white cloth wasn't there. Then... it suddenly appeared! There's only one explanation: Officer Marshall! You were in the evidence room at the time of the crime! What's more, you opened your locker when the camera was turned away!

Judge:
Order! Order! It would seem that's the only-

Marshall:
Hold your horses! Sorry, pardner... but you got the wrong man.

Phoenix:
...

Marshall:
So what if my locker was opened? That doesn't mean I'm the one who opened it!

Edgeworth:
...

Marshall:
The murderer needed to hide something, so he opened a locker and stuck it in. It's not my fault he happened to choose mine!

Judge:
...

Marshall:
... Why's everyone staring at me like I'm a wanted man?

Phoenix:
(This guy isn't just playing dumb... He really doesn't know!) Uh, I hate to rain on your parade, but you're the only person who can open that particular locker.

Marshall:
Oh yeah? I call your bluff. You say I opened that locker... Now prove it!


Marshall:
A... "fingerprint" sensor?

Phoenix:
We talked about this earlier today. The lockers can only be opened by the detectives they belong to.

Marshall:
W-what kinda crazy talk is this!?

Phoenix:
(Well, Detective Gumshoe did mention something about this...)


Gumshoe:
In any case, the locks aren't that obvious. There's even some people in the force that don't know about the fingerprint locks!


Phoenix:
So, sheriff! What do you have to say... in eight words or less?

Marshall:
I only got one word for you, pardner. NOOOOOO!!!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! Witness! Explain yourself!

Marshall:
If this is a joke, it's the worst I've ever heard...

Phoenix:
I assure you this is no joke, Officer Marshall. Now then, please tell us what you were doing in the evidence room at the time of the crime?

Marshall:
...

Judge:
Olé! Please answer the question!

Phoenix:
(What is he now, a bullfighter?) That's alright, Officer Marshall. I believe we can figure the rest out from here.

Judge:
We can?

Phoenix:
Have a look at these floor plans. There is no place for someone to hide in the evidence room. Yet, Officer Meekins didn't see Officer Marshall.

Judge:
If that's so, then... where was the witness?

Edgeworth:
It seems Mr. Wright has an answer.

Phoenix:
(That's right. The only possible conclusion!)

Judge:
Well then? Let's hear it. Where was Officer Marshall at the time of the crime?


Phoenix:
Officer Marshall was standing right here!

Judge:
There? But that's... That's where the victim, Detective Goodman, was! Correct... unless the man wasn't Detective Goodman. I believe the "victim" in the video is... Officer Marshall! It was you, dressed up like Detective Goodman!

Edgeworth:
Objection
But that's preposterous! Officer Meekins witnessed the detective at the crime scene! Once he saw the man's face, he'd know for sure!

Phoenix:
Objection
May I point out though, that Officer Meekins did not know Detective Goodman. He also testified about the man's reaction when confronted.


Meekins:
When I entered the evidence room, I asked him to show his card, sir!


Phoenix:
Yes? And how did Detective Goodman respond?

Meekins:
He suddenly pulled a knife on me!


Phoenix:
Something about the Officer's story puzzled me. If the man had his ID card, why didn't he just show it?

Judge:
Yes, he would have needed it to enter the evidence room, so he must have been carrying it.

Phoenix:
The answer is simple. He couldn't show it.

Edgeworth:
!

Phoenix:
As you can see, Detective Goodman's picture is on his ID card.

Judge:
Oh, I get it.

Phoenix:
If he showed that, his cover would have been blown! Officer Meekins would have realized the man wasn't Detective Goodman. Do you have anything to say to this, Officer Marshall?

Marshall:
... You've got quite an imagination, pardner. We got a term for that. It's called "circumstantial evidence."

Phoenix:
Circumstantial evidence...? (He's still denying it!)

Marshall:
You're gonna have to do better than that to break a detective. Unless you have hard evidence proving I dressed up as the victim...

Judge:
Hmm... I can't say I particularly care for your uncooperative disposition...

Marshall:
I can't say I care for your beard, but you don't see me complainin'.

Judge:
Well, Mr. Wright? Do you have any evidence? Any evidence proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that Officer Marshall dressed up as the victim?

Phoenix:
Well... (Who am I kidding? I don't have anything like that...)

Marshall:
I can see the fear in your eyes, pardner. Seems you're the one who couldn't take the desert heat!

Phoenix:
Ack! (This can't be happening! It's so obvious he's the one! What can I do...?)

Edgeworth:
... Hmph. It looks like your lack of experience has finally been exposed.

Phoenix:
!

Edgeworth:
I'll pass onto you what someone told me when I was just starting out. When you've run into a wall with no place to go, return to the basics.

Phoenix:
The basics... (For me, that would be what Mia used to tell me!)

Nick! Try thinking outside of the box!

Phoenix:
(I shouldn't look for proof that Officer Marshall was in disguise... but rather I should look for evidence that came about because he was in disguise!)

Edgeworth:
Why do you think this locker was opened in the first place?

Judge:
What do you mean?

Edgeworth:
There's no reason for Officer Marshall to open his locker at the time of the crime. Yet he did, despite the chance that it might be discovered later as it has been.

Phoenix:
(Which means he didn't originally plan to open his locker...!)

Judge:
According to the defense's argument, Officer Jake Marshall dressed up as Detective Goodman at the time of the crime. Then, after the crime was "committed," he opened his own locker for some unknown reason.

Edgeworth:
The fact that a white "cloth" is sticking out of the locker seems to indicate that he opened it in order to put the cloth inside.

Judge:
So... just what exactly is this piece of cloth?

Phoenix:
Perhaps... Perhaps the video is the key to all our unanswered questions. (I don't have any evidence, so this video's my only shot!)

Marshall:
...

Judge:
Very well. Let's take yet another look at the security tape. After commiting the crime, the witness opened the locker to put away the white cloth. Please show us why the witness had to open his locker!


Phoenix:
For some reason, you disguised yourself as Detective Goodman, and entered the evidence room. I don't know what that reason was... yet.

Marshall:
"Yet"?

Phoenix:
However, something unexpected happened. Officer Meekins barged in on you. When asked to show your ID card, you pulled a knife on him. However! Officer Meekins panicked, and the white coat you were wearing was soiled with blood!

Judge:
A bloody white coat...

Phoenix:
You couldn't just walk out like that, so you hid the coat in your locker.

Marshall:
... Not bad, huh "pardner"?

Judge:
Now then, Officer Marshall. Are you ready to tell us the truth?

Marshall:
Looks like I underestimated y'all. I hope you're happy now, Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
...

Marshall:
Two years ago... if you were only half as persistent then as you are today, we all wouldn't have to be here, now would we?

Phoenix:
Officer Marshall! Tell the court what you did... all of it.

Marshall:
Alright. It seems the time has come.




Witness Testimony
- - Marshall's Confession - -

Marshall:
I had to do it that day. I couldn't just stand by and let it die.
I stole the detective's ID and dressed like him. I planned to take out the evidence.
I wasn't expecting Officer Meekins. I knocked him out...
and managed to escape. I knew which areas wouldn't be caught on the camera.
There wasn't any murder in the evidence room at 5:15.

Judge:
So the supposed "victim" was really you...

Edgeworth:
But there's one thing I still don't understand. Large quantities of blood traces were found on the floor of the evidence room. If no one was murdered, then how could that be?

Marshall:
Officer Meekins managed to cut his own hand. My guess is he's the donor.

Phoenix:
(It looked like too much blood for that...)




Cross Examination
- - Marshall's Confession - -

Marshall:
I had to do it that day. I couldn't just stand by and let it die.


Marshall:
I stole the detective's ID and dressed like him. I planned to take out the evidence.


Marshall:
I wasn't expecting Officer Meekins. I knocked him out...


Marshall:
and managed to escape. I knew which areas wouldn't be caught on the camera.


Marshall:
There wasn't any murder in the evidence room at 5:15.


Marshall:
I can't just forget the SL-9 Incident... You know why?



Phoenix:
(I had a feeling we'd wind up here sooner or later... Everyone involved here is related in some way to that case... I'd better take another look at the files.)




Phoenix:
Officer Marshall, I think I understand. I think I know why you care so much about the SL-9 Incident.

Marshall:
Sounds like you've been sipping too much cactus juice, pardner.

Phoenix:
I have the SL-9 Incident file here. The name "Marshall" is mentioned in here...

Marshall:
!

Phoenix:
in a list of murder victims. "Neil Marshall"... Are you related to this man?

Edgeworth:
Neil Marshall...?

Marshall:
Yeah, I'm sure you've heard the name. Two years ago... he received the same lousy prosecutor award you got.

Judge:
What!? A prosecutor...?

Phoenix:
(He must be talking about the King of Prosecutors award.)

Edgeworth:
Now I remember... Prosecutor Neil Marshall. He handled the SL-9 case before I did.

Marshall:
That's right. He was killed... and the case fell into your hands.

Judge:
But what's his relation to you...?

Marshall:
He was my brother. He was investigating the murders with Damon Gant, Chief Detective at the time. The group of detectives I was part of worked under them. We were desperate to prosecute the killer. Joe Darke... My brother fought Darke and was killed. That was the first time Darke left behind any evidence. That was all we needed. He was arraigned and incarcerated. The case was finally closed... at least, according to the public records.

Judge:
What do you mean?

Marshall:
My brother couldn't have been killed by Joe Darke. I knew my brother better than anyone... No one could have beaten him in a fight.

Edgeworth:
And that's it? That's your reason for your insane actions?

Marshall:
There's more to my brother's death than what the records say. No matter how much you try to hide it, you can't fool me.

Edgeworth:
...

Judge:
Well... at least one thing's for certain. Now we know what happened at the Police Department on the day of the crime.

Edgeworth:
That was the last day the SL-9 case could be reopened. Not satisfied with its resolution, Officer Marshall planned to steal the evidence.

Phoenix:
Disguising himself as Detective Goodman, he entered the evidence room. Officer Meekins confronted him, so he rendered him unconscious and fled.

Edgeworth:
Yes, this mystery has finally been cleared up. No murder took place at the Police Department that day!

Phoenix:
!

Edgeworth:
The things that happen by chance never cease to amaze... At exactly the same time as the murder at the Prosecutor's Office... this fake murder was going on at the Police Department.

Phoenix:
(Chance...? It's got to be more than just that...)

Judge:
So if no one was murdered at the Police Department on the day of the crime, that means the murder in the Prosecutor's Office's parking lot was the real one.

Edgeworth:
Which, in turn, means... only one person could have committed the crime: Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye.

Phoenix:
Objection
B-but wait! A verdict wasn't reached in yesterday's trial!

Edgeworth:
Objection
Which is why we examined the incident at the Police Department today.

Phoenix:
But...!

Edgeworth:
There's only one reason the defendant was not convicted yesterday: there yet remained the mystery of the simultaneous murder at the Police Department.

Marshall:
It seems to me... this boy's got the draw on you, pardner.

Edgeworth:
All the mysteries at the Police Department have been uncovered. No contradictions remain. The murder took place at the Prosecutor's Office! The only suspect is Lana Skye. There were no errors in the testimony of the witness, Angel Starr! If you have a response... make it one word or less.

Phoenix:
... ARRRGHHHH!!!

Edgeworth:
I rest my case.

Judge:
It seems this trial has reached its conclusion. There's no room for doubt.

Edgeworth:
Well done, Mr. Wright. Thanks to you, I didn't need to waste my time... disproving the alleged "murder" at the Police Department.

Phoenix:
(There's no doubt what I proved today is true... The apparent murder on the security camera's tape really was fake! But I didn't realize... that would end up proving Lana guilty!)

Judge:
Now then, the time for the verdict has arrived. This court finds the defendant...

Holdit

Ema:
Y-your Honor! Wait!

Phoenix:
Ema!

Ema:
The defense has an objection. A scientific objection! Right?

Phoenix:
What do you mean, "right?"

Judge:
Mr. Wright. Are you this girl's guardian?

Phoenix:
Your Honor! Oh, uh... in a sense...

Ema:
Please, Your Honor. All I'm asking is for a minute of your time! Please hear me out! Mr. Edgeworth, please...

Edgeworth:
... I don't want to leave any loose ends. You want a minute? I'll give you three.

Ema:
I... I was kind of in shock. I mean, finding out that the SL-9 incident referred to the Joe Darke Killings!

Phoenix:
(Now that she mentions it... the names of both Skye sisters were in that file.)

Ema:
But that's when I figured it out. I mean, what Officer Marshall was trying to do that day... So I knew his fingerprint had nothing to do with the crime. That left only one thing... the other handprint!

Edgeworth:
You mean the traces of blood found on Detective Gumshoe's locker...

Judge:
But no fingerprints were found on it, right?

Ema:
No, but I figured if I examined it scientifically... I'd be sure to find a clue! So I ran over there and looked at it again!

Phoenix:
! So did you find something?

Ema:
Um... No!

Phoenix:
Huh?

Ema:
Sorry. I guess I'm not much of a scientific investigator after all.

Phoenix:
...

Ema:
...

Phoenix:
Um... Is that all?

Ema:
Please don't be mad. I'm just a high school student!

Phoenix:
(And I'm just an attorney...)

Ema:
But Mr. Wright! Those traces of blood are the only clue we have! If we can't find something wrong with them... Please, Mr. Wright. You're a professional. If anyone can save Lana, it's you!

Phoenix:
Me? Oh boy...

Judge:
Time's up. Now then, Mr. Wright. With regard to the incident at the Police Department... Does any reasonable doubt remain?

Phoenix:
Um...

Edgeworth:
It appears the defense is troubled by the other blood mark. Looking at the floor plans, a handprint was discovered around here. Is there a problem with this?

Ema:
Mr. Wright! I'm sorry I can't be of more use... But still! If you can't find anything wrong with that blood mark, Lana will be...

Judge:
Please answer my question, Mr. Wright. We don't have all day.

Phoenix:
Y-yes, Your Honor. (If ever I've needed to concentrate, it's now! What could be wrong with that handprint on Detective Gumshoe's locker? Could there be something I'm missing...?)



Phoenix:
Objection
This handprint left at the crime scene... clearly shows a contradiction!

Edgeworth:
The only thing that seems clear is you're grasping, Mr. Wright.

Judge:
You've been staring pretty intently at those floor plans. Tell me... is there a problem with them?

Phoenix:
... (Yes, this is strange...!) Take a good look at these floor plans. Something is missing.

Edgeworth:
"Missing"...? You mean, something hasn't been drawn on there?

Phoenix:
Yes. Something that, when drawn, will completely change the meaning of the blood mark!

Judge:
Let us pray the defense isn't simply trying to buy time. Very well, Mr. Wright!

Phoenix:
(With all this evidence here... there's got to be something I can use!)

Judge:
The question is... which item can prove something is missing in the floor plans?


Marshall:
What about that piece of plywood?

Phoenix:
The Blue Badger! Mascot of the police force! Defender of truth, guardian of proof!

Edgeworth:
Explain yourself, Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
Please look at the floor plans of the crime scene. The Blue Badger is not here.

Marshall:
So?

Phoenix:
So watch what happens when we put him in. This is where he was dancing at the time of the crime. Well...?

Judge:
Well... what?

Edgeworth:
! *gasp!*

Phoenix:
That's right. So long as the Blue Badger is dancing here... it would be impossible... to place a handprint at this spot on the locker!

Marshall:
Whaaaaat!?

Judge:
So that means... Uh... just exactly what does that mean!?

Phoenix:
It means it can't be done!

Judge:
What are you saying? Blood traces were undeniably found on that locker!

Phoenix:
Don't look at me, I didn't put it there!

Ema:
Mr. Wright! Think it through scientifically!

Phoenix:
Ema!

Ema:
On that afternoon... Officer Meekins was the one who brought the Blue Badger to the evidence room, right? After he put it down, it would be impossible to leave a handprint on that locker.

Phoenix:
...! So that must mean this blood mark... was left there before the Blue Badger was brought in...?

Judge:
Just one moment! I will not allow such farfetched balderdash in my courtroom!

Phoenix:
It may sound farfetched, Your Honor... but it's the only possible explanation! On February 21st... in the Police Department's evidence room... blood was spilled not once, but twice!

Edgeworth:
B-but how...!

Phoenix:
One time was captured on this tape, taken by the security camera. Officer Meekins cut his hand, from which a trivial amount of blood fell. The problem is... the "other" time. Someone bled prior to the struggle shown on this tape. It had to have been... Detective Goodman, when he was really murdered!

Edgeworth:
Objection
That's ridiculous! I refute you!

Phoenix:
Objection
The murder portrayed in the security tape has been proven to be a fake. However! That does not explain the blood mark found on the locker!

Edgeworth:
Objection
So then... assuming this "murder" you purport really happened. When did it take place!? I demand you show evidence that proves it occurred!

Phoenix:
(When did the first incident occur...)

Judge:
To surmise, the defense claims that... prior to Officer Meekins being cut by Jake Marshall, who was disguised as Detective Goodman, another "incident" took place in that evidence room.

Phoenix:
The blood mark on the locker proves this.

Judge:
Very well. Then tell us... When did this "first" incident occur? Proof must be presented.

Phoenix:
(Proof that shows when the murder took place... There's only one piece of evidence that can show that!)

Judge:
Now then. Will the defense please present its evidence? What shows when the "first" crime took place?


Phoenix:
If the crime took place inside the evidence room, then the perpetrator would had to have entered the room. In order to do so, an ID card is required.

Judge:
An ID card... Oh! The ID Card Record!

Phoenix:
Officer Meekins brought the Blue Badger panel into the evidence room at...

Judge:
Let's see here... 4:50 PM. If the crime took place before that time, then it would be... 4:40 PM... Ah! AAAAAAAHHH! M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-Miles Edgeworth! Just what have you done!?

Marshall:
I never figured you had nerve, boy.

Edgeworth:
Put off the act, witness. It doesn't take a lot of thought to figure out it couldn't have been me.

Marshall:
Hmm... Nope, I ain't gettin' it...

Judge:
Hmm... I'm afraid I don't understand either.

Edgeworth:
It's clear from the luminol test that blood was there. However, when the "second" crime took place... both Officer Meekins and Officer Marshall failed to notice the blood.

Phoenix:
That means... the blood from the first crime was wiped away... by the real murderer.

Edgeworth:
I would have had just ten minutes to murder the victim, carry his body away, and clean up the blood... Unfortunately that's physically impossible.

Judge:
That would mean... the crime must have taken place before Mr. Edgeworth entered the evidence room.

Phoenix:
Let's look at the chart again. There's only one other card number remaining: "7777777"!

Marshall:
Talk about a lucky number...

Judge:
But wait... That doesn't make sense! How could Officer Goodman have entered the evidence room?

Phoenix:
Since there's no record of his card being used beforehand... he must have entered along with the real murderer. That's the only plausible explanation. He went in with "7777777"!

Judge:
Mr. Edgeworth! Please look into this ASAP! Find out whose ID number is "sevensevensevensevensevensevensevenseven"!

Edgeworth:
That's one "seven" too many, Your Honor. Unfortunately... I'm unable to look up the owner of that ID card. At least, at present.

Phoenix:
What!?

Marshall:
Explain yourself, son.

Edgeworth:
The ID number "7777777" belongs to someone with a rank of Captain or higher... Someone who is a so-called "executive officer." We don't have the authority to inquire into such a person's identity.

Phoenix:
Objection
But that's ridiculous! Just how...

Edgeworth:
I'm not finished talking, Mr. Wright. There is one situation in which we can be granted such authority.

Judge:
If an official charge filed against an executive is accepted.

Phoenix:
An "official charge"...

Marshall:
You're all alike, aren't you? With your "cover-ups" and your "forgeries"... That's how the Prosecutor's Office operates!

Edgeworth:
Objection
I take pride in my work, Officer Marshall. I would appreciate it if you would keep your slander to yourself.

Marshall:
"Slander," is it? Okay. Let me ask a question.

Edgeworth:
Yes?

Marshall:
No, not to you. To her, the defendant sitting over there. Your own little "executive."

Phoenix:
(L-Lana?)

Edgeworth:
Objection
Don't be stupid. She's been charged with murder. Of course we've looked up her ID number... and it's not "7777777."

Marshall:
Don't play me for a fool, pardner. That's not what I want to ask. All I want to know is one thing... about that incident.

Judge:
The SL-9 Incident?

Marshall:
Answer me this, Chief Prosecutor! In that trial two years ago... Did you really only use legitimate evidence!?

Edgeworth:
Do you need the witness to repeat his question, Chief Prosecutor?

Lana:
I heard him fine, Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
Two years ago... I was in charge of the prosecution for that trial. At the time, we...

Lana:
Occasionally... we felt the powerlessness of the law. At least... I did.

Phoenix:
...!

Ema:
L-Lana...

Lana:
I became a prosecutor in order to suppress crime with the law. But before I realized it, we were the ones being suppressed by the law.

Judge:
Defendant! Just what are you saying!?

Marshall:
I'll ask you again, Chief Prosecutor. During that trial two years ago... did you really present all the evidence in court? Can you look me, an investigator in that crime, in the eye and say that you did?

Judge:
Chief Prosecutor! You didn't...

Lana:
... I don't have to, Officer Marshall.

Edgeworth:
! Why don't you answer him!?

Lana:
Drastic crimes require drastic measures... That's just the way it is. We did what we had to... in order for him to get the verdict he deserved.

Ema:
But Lana!

Lana:
Even if it involved "forging" evidence.

Marshall:
See? That's what I'm talking about.

Edgeworth:
No... NNNNOOOOOOO!!!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! ORDERRRRR!!!


Lana's remarks caused such a stir... the chaos in the courtroom could not be quelled. The conclusion of the trial... would have to wait until the following day...

To be continued.




February 24, 3:12 PM
Wright & Co. Law Offices

Ema:
I'm so sorry, Mr. Wright. I'm sorry for what my sister said...


Lana:
Drastic crimes require drastic measures... That's just the way it is. We did what we had to... in order for him to get the verdict he deserved.


Ema:
I... didn't know. I never knew that the "SL-9 Incident" was just another name for... the "Joe Darke Killings."

Phoenix:
(Sounds like everyone's heard about these killings but me...)

Ema:
Lana wanted Darke convicted so badly! That's why she used me... That's why she used what happened to me.

Phoenix:
What do you mean, "what happened" to you?

Ema:
It's all there in the file... Joe Darke's last victim was Prosecutor Neil Marshall. When he murdered Officer Marshall's brother, he left behind an incriminating piece of evidence.

Phoenix:
But what did you have to do with those killings, Ema?

Ema:
On the night Prosecutor Neil Marshall was murdered, Joe Darke... tried to kill me.

Phoenix:
What? He tried to kill you!?

Ema:
Officer Marshall's brother... Neil... was only trying to save me.

Phoenix:
So that means you...

Ema:
Yes. I was a witness in the Joe Darke trial.

Phoenix:
(I didn't see that one coming!)







February 24
Prosecutor's Office
Underground Parking Lot

Ema:
Looks like they're questioning Lana again.

Phoenix:
(I guess we're not the only ones who want to question her...)

Ema:
Well, since we've come all this way, why don't we go see Mr. Meekins?

Phoenix:
Uh... Let's not and say we did. (I'd rather come back and do that later.)





(Wright & Co. Law Offices)






February 24
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Ema:
L-Lana...

Lana:
Mr. Wright. It seems I keep causing you trouble.

Phoenix:
Falsifying evidence... I didn't think you were the type.

Lana:
Criminals don't mind playing foul, why should we?

Ema:
But Lana! If you're wrong... an innocent person might be found guilty!

Lana:
Believe me... I understand the risks.

Phoenix:
Lana. Ema told me about you.

Lana:
Oh?

Phoenix:
About how you were a detective two years ago, and how the SL-9 Incident was the reason for your transfer to the Prosecutor's Office.

Lana:
That's right.

Phoenix:
Could you fill me in on the details? Especially about that unusual change of jobs.

Lana:
... I suppose you have a right to know, Mr. Wright.






February 22
Prosecutor's Office
Underground Parking Lot

Phoenix:
No one's here today... Not even Ms. Starr.

Ema:
Everyone's probably busy looking into what exactly went down in the evidence room. That must be where the detectives are.

Phoenix:
But we proved in court today that no one was murdered in the evidence room at 5:15 PM, on the day of the crime.

Ema:
Yeah. I thought we were finally making some headway in our case!

Phoenix:
But instead it looks like we just ended up making Lana look even more guilty.

Ema:
Hang in there, Lana...

Phoenix:
(I've got to find all the answers by tomorrow!)







February 24
Police Department
Entrance

Marshall:
Howdy, Bambina.

Ema:
Oh, Mr. Marshall!

Marshall:
I never thought things'd turn out this way when I woke up this morning. Que serà serà. You never know where life'll lead you, eh Bambina? I should've known my luck had run out when ol' Billy dried up this morning.

Ema:
Billy...?

Phoenix:
Must be his pet cactus. Say, where are you headed?

Marshall:
Just over to the Prosecutor's Office for a little interrogation. It's a "voluntary" appearance, but we all know I won't be coming back. Sorry, but you can't go in the evidence room today, pardner.

Ema:
But Mr. Marshall... Why did you do it?

Marshall:
Why do prospectors head west? If ever there was a case I needed to know the truth about, it was that one.

Phoenix:
Before you turn yourself in, Mr. Marshall... would you mind telling us exactly what happened?

Marshall:
Hmph... Looks like I won't be getting a steak lunch today.




(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Marshall:
So there you have it. That's my story. Did you enjoy it, pardner?

Phoenix:
It was certainly... enlightening.

Marshall:
There's one thing for sure I found out in court today. That boy Edgeworth isn't my enemy. He was the one who used falsified evidence to get a guilty verdict, but someone else was the one who gave him that evidence and planned everything. That someone is Damon Gant. Don't believe me? Well I don't blame you. I won't even be a patrolman after today. Too bad I won't be around to work with you... when you become a real scientific investigator. Adios Bambina!




February 24
Police Department
Criminal Affairs

Phoenix:
I don't see Detective Gumshoe anywhere.

Ema:
Things seem kinda quiet around here today.

Phoenix:
You're right. (The head of the department seems the same though.)

Ema:
Why don't we go look for some other people to talk to?

Phoenix:
Right. We can come back here later.





February 24
High Prosecutor's Office
Room 1202

Ema:
Mr. Edgeworth isn't here.

Phoenix:
Maybe he's being questioned by an inquiry committee? (He took a real beating in court today...)

Ema:
Yeah, with Lana admitting to falsifying evidence two years ago...

Phoenix:
I guess we'll just have to come back later.





(Detention Center - Visitor's Room)


(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Phoenix:
Let me get this straight. You were all involved in the SL-9 Incident?

Lana:
That's right. Quite a coincidence, hmm?

Phoenix:
I don't buy it.

Ema:
W-what are you saying?

Phoenix:
There's no way everyone involved in this trial was also involved in that incident just by "chance."

Ema:
But that case was solved two years ago!

Phoenix:
At least one person went to extremes because they didn't believe it was truly solved.

Lana:
Officer Marshall... Yes, his actions came as a surprise to me as well. Ever since his brother died, he's changed completely.

Ema:
I guess he wasn't convinced with the ruling against Joe Darke.

Lana:
... Life doesn't end with the closing of a case. Everyone has to live the rest of their lives with their memories.

Phoenix:
That "case" just might not be over yet.

Lana:
!

Phoenix:
Ema was assaulted by Darke at the Police Department, right?

Lana:
Yes, in the office that Damon Gant and I shared. The office that Mr. Gant now occupies by himself: the Chief's office.

Phoenix:
(Maybe we should have a look at the Chief's office - the site of the final SL-9 murder!)





February 24
Police Department
Criminal Affairs

Phoenix:
This place is always pretty empty, but today it's deserted.

Ema:
That must mean everyone's busy solving crimes.

Chief:
Oh, if you're looking for the others, they're all in the conference room.

Phoenix:
Uh... thanks. (Wow, he actually talked to us!)

Chief:
With the Chief Prosecutor saying what she did and the decision about what to do about Mr. Edgeworth, not to mention our statement to the media and tomorrow's trial... there's more chaos going on than Thanksgiving and Christmas put together!

Phoenix:
(I think "festive" is the word usually used for those...)

Ema:
Um, sir? We'd like to have a look around for Chief Gant's office.

Chief:
Just head across the hall to the other building and take the elevator to the top floor.

Ema:
Really? You mean, it's okay for us to go in there? I mean, we aren't police officers or anything.

Chief:
Hey, you're right! You can't go in there! It's off limits!

Phoenix:
(Now I see where Detective Gumshoe gets his unique charm...)

Ema:
Well, what are wating for? Let's head to the Chief's office!





February 24
Police Department
Chief's Office

Phoenix:
Whoa... Where am I?

Ema:
In the Chief's office, silly! At least, that's what it said on the door.

Phoenix:
Check out that pipe organ. That's real, isn't it?

Ema:
Hey, I used to take organ lessons in kindergarten! They used to call me "Little Miss Bach." I thought I was a genius until they tried teaching me notes. I never could remember where C was...

Gant:
Hm? Oh, it's you two.

Phoenix:
Chief Gant! (He put that paper he was reading in his desk.)

Gant:
So, Mr. Wright. Have you been swimming lately?

Phoenix:
Uh... no, I haven't. I've been kind of busy lately.

Gant:
I can appreciate that. I've had my hands full too, with Mr. Marshall's misconduct and Lana's provocative statement.

Phoenix:
"Provocative statement"... oh, you mean about the forged evidence.

Gant:
Two years have passed since that incident. My, how time flies! See that big picture on the wall over there? That's a picture of Lana, Neil and me.

Phoenix:
(So this is Mr. Marshall's brother... Prosecutor Neil Marshall...)

Gant:
We took it to commemorate our work together.

Phoenix:
... (Something's not right with this picture. I can't quite seem to put my finger on it though...)

Gant Team Picture added to the Court Record.

Gant:
Anyway, I'd like to reminisce all day, but there are matters that need my attention. I'm going to lock up here, so let's go out together.

Ema:
Oh... But this office... it was a crime scene two years ago, wasn't it?

Gant:
That case has long since been over. There's no need to investigate it any more.

Phoenix:
All the same, we'd still like to have a look around.

Gant:
Perhaps you didn't hear me. I said there's no need to investigate it any more.

Phoenix:
...!

Gant:
Now hurry up and get out. I have a meeting to attend.




(Police Department - Entrance)

Ema:
Looks like we aren't welcome.

Phoenix:
It seems that case isn't over with yet, after all.

Ema:
What do you mean?

Phoenix:
Chief Gant denied our request to search the "crime scene." That means there must be a reason he doesn't want us looking around in there.

Ema:
You mean like, a clue!?

Phoenix:
(There's got to be a way we can get inside the Chief's office...)





February 24
Police Department
Criminal Affairs

Gumshoe:
Hey, pal!

Phoenix:
Detective Gumshoe! Were you in a meeting?

Gumshoe:
I was uh... just taking a breather. My feet hurt.

Ema:
From sitting so long in the meeting?

Gumshoe:
Actually... I had to serve everyone coffee.

Phoenix:
(Sounds like Detective Gumshoe's still out of the loop...)

Gumshoe:
Say, have either of you seen Mr. Edgeworth?

Phoenix:
Edgeworth? No. Why do you ask?

Gumshoe:
He's under fire from both the Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office. It's almost like the battles between you two in court!

Phoenix:
That sounds serious...

Ema:
Is it because of what my sister said?

Gumshoe:
That's basically what it all boils down to. That falsified evidence two years ago. Now Mr. Edgeworth has the whole world after his blood!

Ema:
Yikes...




(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Gumshoe:
Well, there you have it in a nutshell. That's all I know.

Phoenix:
Can I ask you one more thing?

Gumshoe:
What is it? If it's money you need, you should ask Chief Gant.

Phoenix:
It's not money, but it does concern the Chief. His office is a "crime scene," right? It's where Prosecutor Neil Marshall was murdered...

Ema:
The Chief's out now, and his office is locked, but we'd like to have a look around if that's okay.

Gumshoe:
... Well, any Detective's ID card can unlock the door.

Ema:
What? Really!?

Gumshoe:
But if I let a civilian in there, I'd be charged with breach of trust.

Ema:
Breach of trust...?

Gumshoe:
Simply put, I'd be canned.

Phoenix:
Oh...

Gumshoe:
Sorry, pal. I don't plan on getting fired because of you.

Ema:
How about this ID card? It was Detective Goodman's...

Gumshoe:
That won't work either. The data was deleted the day he died.

Ema:
Oh.

Phoenix:
(So in other words, Gumshoe is our only chance of getting into that office.)

Ema:
I wonder if there's something we could show him that would make him change his mind...




(Prosecutor's Office - Underground Parking Lot)





February 24
High Prosecutor's Office
Room 1202

Phoenix:
(I wonder if Edgeworth is back yet.)

Ema:
There he is! It looks like he's writing something.

Edgeworth:
Huh? What are you doing here?

Phoenix:
(He sure was quick to throw that paper on the floor...) Tough day in court, huh?

Edgeworth:
Hmph. I've had to live the past two years with rumors flying around. What's another allegation to me?

Ema:
Cheer up, Mr. Edgeworth! I'm rooting for you!

Phoenix:
(That's Edgeworth for you... Always trying to hide his real feelings.)

Edgeworth:
So, what do you want? Unlike some people, I don't have all day.









February 24
Prosecutor's Office
Underground Parking Lot

???:
Excuse me...

Angel:
Would either of you care for a quarter pound of roast beef?

Phoenix:
Ms. Starr! (I guess she's out of lunches.)

Angel:
You certainly are the curious sort, aren't you? Kind of like the first person who sucked a cow's nipple to discover milk. Still, I never thought you'd go digging up that case from two years ago.

Phoenix:
Everyone in this trial was involved in the SL-9 Incident. Not only that, but the murder occurred on the very day the evidence from that case was due for transferal. This can't all be attributed to mere "coincidence."

Angel:
... Aren't you forgetting something? You know, that little scene I happened to witness?

Phoenix:
(The instant Lana stabbed Detective Goodman with a knife.)

Angel:
No matter how much of the past you dig up, it won't change what I saw. Roast beef is meant to be savored when eaten.

Phoenix:
(Ms. Starr's hatred toward Lana... It all dates back to two years ago!)






(Police Department - Entrance)





February 24
Police Department
Criminal Affairs

Gumshoe:
Oh, you're back.

Phoenix:
You're still here?

Gumshoe:
I gotta make 150 copies of these files. Brewing coffee, copying files... I'm turning into a regular DJ!

Ema:
You're a "DJ" as well?

Phoenix:
If I'm not mistaken, I think he means "Desk Jockey."

Ema:
... Oh, that DJ...

Gumshoe:
I gotta admire your persistency, but my answer's still no.

Ema:
?

Gumshoe:
I'm not letting you in the Chief's office, period. It'd be my neck on the line.

Phoenix:
(That office is the last crime scene in the SL-9 Incident. I have to take a look in there!)

Ema:
There's got to be something we can do to make the Detective change his mind.



Gumshoe:
What's this crumpled up piece of paper? ...... N--no way! Mr. Edgeworth can't be serious!

Phoenix:
Is he ever not serious?

Gumshoe:
I can't believe they've pushed him this far...

Ema:
Mr. Edgeworth really feels responsible.

Gumshoe:
At first I thought he was as cold as ice, but now I know different! He trusted us detectives to provide him with sound evidence, but we just... we betrayed him!

Ema:
Detective...

Gumshoe:
......... That's it. I've made up my mind!

Ema:
But...

Gumshoe:
Here, take my ID card.

Phoenix:
We can't do that. If someone found out...

Ema:
they wouldn't let you off the hook with another lost item report!

Gumshoe:
Look at me. It's no secret I'm already out of the loop. After all, I'm friends with Mr. Edgeworth. Depending on how this case turns out, I may already be as good as terminated...

Phoenix:
(What...?)

Gumshoe:
So at least let me do this... for Mr. Edgeworth's sake!

Phoenix:
All right, Detective. Thank you.

Gumshoe's ID tucked swiftly into your pocket.






February 24
Police Department
Chief's Office

Ema:
Here goes, Mr. Wright.

*click*
*beep*

Ema:
Open sesame. If anyone finds us now,

Phoenix:
Detective Gumshoe's a goner.

Gumshoe:
If that happens, I'm counting on you to bail me out!

Ema:
EEEEEEEEK!

Gumshoe:
GAAAAAAAAH!

Ema:
Sorry, I thought you were a ghost.

Gumshoe:
I didn't even know you could slap a ghost.

Phoenix:
AAAAH! Detective Gumshoe! What are you doing sneaking up on us like that!?

Gumshoe:
I-I-I wasn't "sneaking." I was just worried something might go wrong... so I came too.

Phoenix:
If you're here, then what's the point in giving us your ID card!?

Crumpled Gumshoe's ID Card in pocket.

Gumshoe:
Hey, don't do that to my card! I hardly ever get a chance to come in here, so I figured I'd have a look around myself! Besides, we're all in this together now.

Ema:
You really do want to get fired, don't you?

Gumshoe:
Not if we're lucky. Now come on, let's see what we can find out!

Phoenix:
(I've got a bad feeling about this...)







(Examining Gant's desk, clearing all "Talk" options, fingerprinting Strip of Cloth, and completing Unstable Jar leads to:)

Gumshoe:
Well? Was I any help?

Phoenix:
Of course! Thanks to your ID card, we were able to get some hard evidence.

???:
Now that's not very kind, is it? In other words, if it wasn't for his ID card, he would have been useless...

Gant:
Isn't that right, you in the coat?

Ema:
EEEEEEEK!

Gumshoe:
C-Chief Gant!

Phoenix:
We didn't think you'd be back so soon.

Gant:
Fortunately I'm a man who believes in signs. As I was walking to my meeting, I happened to look out a window and saw a stray dog run right into a pole. Just then I thought of a certain detective.

Gumshoe:
Do you mean... m-me, sir?

Gant:
Now then, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you all to leave.

Ema:
Y-yes sir! Sorry...

Gant:
Oh, you in the coat.

Gumshoe:
Me, sir!?

Gant:
Drop off your ID on the way out. You won't be needing it anymore.

Gumshoe:
But sir...

Gant:
Now get out!

Gumshoe:
Y-y-yes sir!

Phoenix:
We'll be on our way too, then.

Gant:
Wait. You, the one without the spiky hair. Don't go yet.

Ema:
M-me, sir!?

Gant:
I'd like a word with you.

Ema:
But sir! I'm not a licensed scientific investigator yet!

Gant:
You with the spiky hair. You're free to go.

Ema:
M-Mr. Wright!!!




(Police Department - Entrance)

Gumshoe:
Look, pal! If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times...


Gumshoe:
The Chief's office is off limits! But no, you just had to go sneaking in there like that, didn't you!?

Phoenix:
I thought you said you didn't care anymore if you were fired.

Gumshoe:
Yeah, but if I knew it'd be like this, I never would've said it!

Phoenix:
(Now that I've seen the evidence Chief Gant was hiding in his office... I think I'm finally starting to get the picture... It's hard to believe anyone could keep quiet about it all this time...)

Gumshoe:
Anyway, you listenin' to me!? I'm gonna try to smooth things over with the Chief again! Later, pal!


Phoenix:
After that, I heard from Ema. She said the police want to ask her some questions, so she'll be busy for the rest of the day...




February 24
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Lana:
I see. So the Chief asked Ema to come in for questioning...

Phoenix:
It's no use thinking about it. Tomorrow's the final day in court. I'm committed to doing everything I can to defend you, which is why I'm here.

Lana:
But I've already told you all I can...

Phoenix:
What you've told me over these past couple of days... is absolutely nothing. Not a single, useful thing.

Lana:
Really? I believe I did mention something quite important. Something I told you right at the beginning. I said that I was the one who stabbed Detective Goodman.

Phoenix:
You know, I think I've finally figured it out... Who it is you're hiding behind those words.

Lana:
... Mia did a good job mentoring you. I'm rather jealous...

Phoenix:
!

Lana:
It seems Edgeworth was right.

Phoenix:
Edgeworth...?

Lana:
Once you're convinced you know something, no one can persuade you otherwise. "Thick headed" is the term he used, I believe.

Phoenix:
(Now's my chance to get her to tell me the rest of the story!)




Phoenix:
Well, Ms. Skye?

Lana:
... Mr. Wright. You are addressing the Chief Prosecutor. Do not forget your place.

Phoenix:
(I take it she's still not ready to spill the beans.)

Lana:
My apologies. Could you please tell me a bit more about the circumstances?


Phoenix:
I just found this in a safe in the Chief's office. This jar piece, and this strip of cloth. Do you know what these are? They're pieces of evidence from the SL-9 Incident!

Lana:
I...

Phoenix:
The person concealing evidence was none other than Chief Gant himself. Now tell me! Why are you taking all the blame for him!?

Lana:
... Touché, Mr. Wright. It's as you surmised. I cannot disobey the Chief's orders... even if it means being found guilty for murder.

Phoenix:
Why not?

Lana:
Come now, Mr. Wright. You can't possibly expect me to be able to tell you that. Three days ago... I had no choice but to cooperate.

Phoenix:
(In the murder of Detective Goodman!)

Lana:
Or perhaps I should say, "follow orders." Yes, that's more accurate than "cooperate."


Lana:
I'm afraid that's all I can tell you.

Phoenix:
But Lana...

Lana:
You've earned my respect, Mr. Wright. Both as a defense attorney and an investigator. Now please... Don't pursue this any further in court tomorrow!

Phoenix:
(Tomorrow's trial... There's only one way to drive off Lana's demons... I've got to get to the bottom of everything! Detective Goodman's real murderer... and what went down in the Chief's office two years ago...)

To be continued.




February 25, 9:47 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Phoenix:
(This is the Defendant Lobby all right... but there's no defendant. I've been trying to reach Lana all morning. Where could she be? And where's Ema, for that matter? It almost seems as if...)

???:
Something's been happening behind the scenes...

Phoenix:
Edgeworth!

Edgeworth:
Knowing you, you've already figured it out... Who the owner of the "7777777" ID number is.

Phoenix:
Well... I have a pretty strong hunch. (Looks like I'm not the only one who's figured it out.)

Edgeworth:
You know, the only reason this trial didn't reach a verdict yesterday... is because there was still room for doubt on this ID record. If that number does belong to whom you suspect, then no doubt will remain. After all, he hasn't been officially charged with anything.

Phoenix:
True... Not yet.

Edgeworth:
In any event, once all doubt has been removed from that list, I can call for a ruling on the defendant. Five minutes after the trial starts... Lana will be found guilty.

Phoenix:
But she didn't do it!

Edgeworth:
I figured you'd say as much. That's why I came here... to hear what you have to say.

Phoenix:
(This is the first time he's ever done something like this...) Lana's hiding something, and the only way we'll ever know the truth... is to draw it out of her.

Edgeworth:
The "truth"?

Phoenix:
Everything goes back to the SL-9 Incident.

Edgeworth:
Don't be stupid! Today's the last day of the trial. We don't have time to reminisce about the past!

Phoenix:
That depends on you.

Edgeworth:
...!

Phoenix:
If she's found guilty, you'll lose your only chance to find out what really happened.

Edgeworth:
... I'll think about it. See you in court, Wright.

Phoenix:
(This is it. If I'm ever going to find out what Chief Gant has on her, it's now!)




February 25, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 9

Judge:
Court is now in session for the trial of Ms. Lana Skye.

Phoenix:
The defense is ready, Your Honor.

Edgeworth:
The prosecution is ready, Your Honor.

Judge:
Normally this is when the prosecution puts forth its opening statement,

Edgeworth:
?

Judge:
but before that, the police chief has a proposal to make.

Phoenix:
(Chief Gant...!)

Gant:
Mornin' folks. How's everyone doing? Hey, Udgey. Been back to the pool yet?

Judge:
No, I've been drowning enough as it is in my work.

Gant:
Ho! That's a good one! Don't think I can top that!

Edgeworth:
If you don't mind me asking, Chief, exactly what is this "proposal" of yours?

Gant:
Lana... that is to say, the defendant, has asked me if she could speak directly to the court.

Phoenix:
(She wants to do what!?)

Gant:
Having heard what she intends to say, I feel she should be granted her request. In the end, it should save everyone a lot of time and trouble.

Edgeworth:
What's this all about, defendant?

Lana:
I'd just like to make one simple request, and I'll be finished.

Judge:
Well then? What's your request?

Lana:
Your Honor, I'd like you to put an immediate end to this trial.

Phoenix:
Huh!?

Lana:
I confess to all charges against me. On February 21 of this year, I murdered Detective Bruce Goodman... in the underground parking lot of the Prosecutor's Office.

Phoenix:
No, Lana!
Objection
You can't! Your Honor. The defendant's claim does not change the defense's plea!

Lana:
In that case, Mr. Wright, I no longer require your services.

Phoenix:
But Lana!

Lana:
Your Honor. I hereby forfeit my right to an attorney. The prosecution may lack direct evidence against me, but it has sufficiently proven its case through testimony and circumstantial evidence. I would like you to render your verdict now, if you please.

Judge:
Hmm... Well, the defendant certainly has the right to self representation... Her request is legally valid, although this is an unprecedented situation. Indeed, it appears there's no need to continue this trial... even if Mr. Wright may feel otherwise.

Phoenix:
(This can't be happening!)

Judge:
It appears the time for the verdict has arrived. This court finds the defendant...

Edgeworth:
Objection
One moment, Your Honor.

Judge:
M-Mr. Edgeworth!?

Edgeworth:
The prosecution has not yet proven the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Any ruling at this stage would certainly be premature.

Gant:
Come now, Worthy. I understand this is a difficult time for you, but why don't you just be a good little boy and keep your mouth shut, hmm?

Edgeworth:
Hmph. I don't think I care for your tone... Chief Gant.

Gant:
What?

Edgeworth:
Creating another fabrication to cover up your past mistakes... Sorry, but I'm no longer the naive little "boy" you would have me be.

Phoenix:
...

Edgeworth:
With this sudden confession from the defendant... It's obvious to me some kind of deal was struck behind the scenes.

Gant:
Some kind of "deal," hm? Not everyone operates as you do... Worthy.

Edgeworth:
... Hmph. I thought so. Your Honor. The prosecution would like to change its first witness.

Judge:
Oh? To whom...?

Edgeworth:
As its first witness, the prosecution would like to call... Ms. Ema Skye! I request the court hears her tesimony!

Holdit

Lana:
Mr. Edgeworth! I am exercising my right to self representation. I don't think we need to contin-

Edgeworth:
I don't care what you think, Ms. Skye.

Lana:
...!

Edgeworth:
The exposure of truth sometimes results in tragedy... However! No matter how tragic the truth may be, it would be an even greater tragedy... to avert one's eyes from it.

Judge:
Very well. The court shall grant the prosecution's request. That's okay with you, right Chief Gant?

Gant:
Worthy... You'll live to regret this. Mark my words.

Edgeworth:
Ms. Ema Skye. Please take the stand.

Phoenix:
(Looks like Edgeworth has decided to take the horse by the reins!)

Edgeworth:
Now then, witness. Please state your name and occupation.

Ema:
Um... M-my name is Ema. Ema Skye. My occupation? I'm Lana's little sister, and I want to be a scientific investigator!

Edgeworth:
Two years ago... you encountered the serial killer Joe Darke, of the "Joe Darke Killings." Is this correct?

Ema:
Yes. I'm trying my hardest to forget about that, though...

Edgeworth:
I'm sorry, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to recall those events one more time.

Judge:
Mr. Edgeworth. Please remember this trial concerns the murder of Detective Goodman. Is an incident that was resolved two years ago really all that relevant?

Edgeworth:
Yes. It most certainly is.

Judge:
...

Edgeworth:
...

Judge:
W-well okay then!

Phoenix:
(He sure gave in fast...)

Edgeworth:
Now... please testify about what happened to you two years ago.

Phoenix:
(The trip to yesteryear has finally begun... It's bound to lead to the truth behind this trial!)




Witness Testimony
- - Two Years Ago - -

Ema:
I was waiting in my sister's office that day.
A man came running in, and took me hostage.
Neil Marshall rescued me,
but I'll never forget what I saw that instant!
The man raised up his knife, and... and stabbed Mr. Marshall in the chest...!

Judge:
It's a good thing you weren't harmed.

Ema:
I passed out... I don't remember much.

Judge:
That's understandable. However... please tell me, Mr. Edgeworth. What does this testimony have to do with Detective Goodman's murder?

Edgeworth:
... That will soon become apparent, Your Honor.

Phoenix:
(You've got to admire him for his courage, considering he has no evidence...)

Judge:
Very well! The defense may begin its cross examination.




Cross Examination
- - Two Years Ago - -

Ema:
I was waiting in my sister's office that day.


Ema:
A man came running in, and took me hostage.


Ema:
Neil Marshall rescued me,


Ema:
but I'll never forget what I saw that instant!


Ema:
I drew a picture of that scene once... but it seems to have been lost.



Ema:
The man raised up his knife, and... and stabbed Mr. Marshall in the chest...!


Phoenix:
(Ema doesn't have any reason to lie... but Lana sure does. I need to get Ema to tell me as much about this as she can!)




Phoenix:
Mr. Edgeworth. This little girl put all her heart into drawing that picture... and yet you still insist on denying its existence?

Edgeworth:
Huh!? Hey, I'm not the bad guy! All I'm saying is that as the prosecutor for that case, I wasn't handed such a picture!

Phoenix:
That may well be... but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Behold!

Judge:
This is... the evidence list for the SL-9 Incident?

Phoenix:
Please turn it over, Your Honor.

Judge:
Turn it over...? Turn... it... AAAAAAAHHHH! What's this!?

Edgeworth:
Yes, what is that?

Ema:
Hey! That's it! That's the picture I drew!

Judge:
Indeed... Two men appear to be wrestling here.

Edgeworth:
Objection
What's the meaning of this!? What are you doing with that list!?

Phoenix:
Me...?

Edgeworth:
Only the prosecutor in charge should have access to that list!

Judge:
Huh...? These lists... They're... They're different from each other.

Edgeworth:
What?

Judge:
It would appear, Mr. Edgeworth, that the evidence list you were handed two years ago... was incomplete. These two lists... fit together to form one. You can see the marks here, where they were torn apart from each other.

Phoenix:
So you see, Mr. Edgeworth. It's quite obvious what happened. Two years ago... only half of the evidence in that case ever reached you.

Edgeworth:
What... WWWHHAAAAAATTTTTT!!!!????

Judge:
Order! Order! Who'd have thought the picture would have been drawn on the back of the list...

Ema:
That was handed to Detective Goodman in the questioning room?

Phoenix:
(Wait a minute... If this list was torn in half, then that means...) Your Honor!

Judge:
Are you all right, Mr. Wright? Your eyes are bulging from your head...

Phoenix:
If the evidence list was torn in half... then there might be more of the drawing on the back of Mr. Edgeworth's list!

Edgeworth:
...!

Judge:
Yes, that's quite conceivable. Mr. Edgeworth?

Edgeworth:
It's possible. Let's see... MM! MMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Judge:
Is something wrong?

Phoenix:
(Do you even have to ask?)

Edgeworth:
Sorry, Your Honor. There is something drawn on the back of my list. This is that... thing!

Judge:
... That's that... that thing! That thing that was dancing in the evidence room!

Edgeworth:
Apparently the Head of Criminal Affairs used this for his blueprint.

Phoenix:
(I guess he was out of scrap paper...)

Ema:
...

The Evidence List has been updated.

Judge:
Very well. Witness. Will you please testify about this picture you drew two years ago?

Ema:
...Huh? Oh, Y-yes sir, Your Honor!

Phoenix:
(What's wrong with Ema? She seemed to be thinking about something when she saw the picture.)




Witness Testimony
- - Ema's Picture - -

Ema:
This is the picture I drew two years ago.
The flash of lightning was so bright all I could see were shadows.
After that I must have fainted.
This picture shows exactly what I saw that instant!

Judge:
To think a flash of lightning could burn such an image in your mind...

Phoenix:
(Thanks to that though, she was able to show us exactly what she saw!)

Judge:
Well, I don't see any contradictions here. This clearly shows Joe Darke about to murder Prosecutor Neil Marshall.

Edgeworth:
...

Judge:
The defense may now begin its cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - Ema's Picture - -

Ema:
This is the picture I drew two years ago.


Ema:
The flash of lightning was so bright all I could see were shadows.


Ema:
After that I must have fainted.


Ema:
This picture shows exactly what I saw that instant!



Phoenix:
(That's strange... She claims this is exactly the scene that was imprinted in her mind... And yet... There's clearly a contradiction here!)




Phoenix:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this picture the witness drew... contains a blatant contradiction!

Ema:
What? B-but, I still remember it just like it was yesterday!

Judge:
Mr. Wright. Perhaps it would be faster if you simply pointed out this contradiction for us. What part of this picture... contradicts the autopsy report?


Phoenix:
The contradiction of course lies here! Take a look at the knife the man is holding. If you look closely, you can see its tip is broken!

Judge:
In fact, you don't even have to look closely to see that.

Ema:
But Mr. Wright, look at the evidence! See the murder weapon? Its tip is broken too!

Judge:
If I recall... the tip of the knife was found broken off in the victim's body.

Ema:
It was the conclusive piece of evidence that proved Joe Darke was the murderer!

Phoenix:
I'm afraid it's not so simple, Ema.

Edgeworth:
Objection
Huh? Where could you possibly see a problem!?

Phoenix:
It's obvious, really. The victim "suffered a single stab wound in the back." If the victim was only stabbed once, then the murder weapon should not yet be broken!

Judge:
AAAAAAAHHHHHH! What's the meaning of this?

Edgeworth:
Objection
Perhaps the knife was broken beforehand!

Phoenix:
Objection
Sorry, but I'm afraid that's not possible. The tip of the knife was found inside the victim's body. If it was broken beforehand, it couldn't possibly wind up there!

Judge:
That's right! But what does this mean?

Edgeworth:
Objection
The tip of the knife was undeniably discovered within the victim's body! The only possible explanation is the witness's memory is mistaken!

Phoenix:
Objection
That's why I asked her so many times if she was sure she remembered correctly. I believe you were annoyed at the time. But she was sure she remembered correctly!

Edgeworth:
But... there's no other way to explain this inconsistency!

Phoenix:
Objection
Not so fast, Mr. Edgeworth. There is another explanation. Have you forgotten already? About a little something called... "falsified evidence"?

Edgeworth:
You're treading on thin ice, Wright...

Phoenix:
All I'm saying, is that this broken knife might be the piece of evidence that was forged! You can't deny the possibility!

Edgeworth:
No... Aaaaaagh!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! Are you saying the investigation really was corrupted?

Phoenix:
Your Honor... Please allow me to once again go over the events that took place the day of the murder. The Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office were holding a ceremony that day. After receiving the King of Prosecutors award at the ceremony. Neil Marshall questioned Joe Darke along with Damon Gant. During his questioning, Joe Darke fled the room. Prosecutor Marshall chased after him... and was killed by Darke. It is my belief that somewhere in this story... there is a lie.

Judge:
Hmm...

Ema:
I... I'm not lying... The man really was holding up a broken knife!

Edgeworth:
... If that's true... then there's no other way around it. This could not have been the actual murder weapon.

Phoenix:
...!

Edgeworth:
There must have been another broken knife!

Judge:
What are the chances of there being two broken knives?

Phoenix:
(Another broken knife besides Joe Darke's... Could there have been one?)



Phoenix:
If the witness is this adamant about the accuracy of what she saw... it can't just be explained away by a simple observational error.

Ema:
Mr. Wright...

Phoenix:
In that instant... Ema really did see a broken knife!

Judge:
I assume then, that you have some information about this "other" broken knife? If so, please feel free to enlighten us.

Phoenix:
(The murder weapon was already broken prior to the murder... There's only one way!) Take a look at this. Here's the real murder weapon!


Phoenix:
The answer lies in the past... Two years in the past. Right here inside this picture!

Edgeworth:
This is a picture of the awards ceremony. A-AAAAHH!

Judge:
What is it, Mr. Edgeworth!?

Edgeworth:
It's the... the broken murder weapon!

Phoenix:
Notice the award Prosecutor Marshall is holding.

Ema:
That's... a broken knife!

Phoenix:
As we earlier concluded, the knife in the picture was not Joe Darke's knife. That being the case... the knife the witness saw, was in all likelihood this award!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!

Phoenix:
Neil Marshall was awarded King of Prosecutors that day. As an award, he was given this broken shield and a broken knife. When he chased after Joe Darke, he pulled out this knife. Being a prosecutor, he did not carry a pistol. This broken knife was the only weapon he had in this dangerous situation.

Edgeworth:
Objection
But that... That can't be!

Phoenix:
Oh? And why not, Mr. Edgeworth?

Edgeworth:
Because if the King of Prosecutors award knife was the murder weapon... then the murderer and the victim would be reversed!

Phoenix:
What do you mean?

Edgeworth:
I mean... This man raising a knife... would have been Prosecutor Neil Marshall!

Phoenix:
Oh... OOOOOHHHHH!!!

Judge:
But the prosecutor was the one who actually died!

Phoenix:
That's true... (What's going on here?)

Edgeworth:
It seems Mr. Wright has been a bit too eager to jump to conclusions...

Holdit

Ema:
Wait! I... I remember now... I remember everything!

Judge:
Witness...?

Ema:
Mr. Edgeworth!

Edgeworth:
What is it?

Ema:
Could you show me your evidence list again, please?

Judge:
His list? The one with that... picture scribbled on the back?

Ema:
... I knew it... This picture... I'm the one who drew it.

Edgeworth:
What!?

Phoenix:
You drew that?

Ema:
That's right. The list wasn't torn in half at the time I drew this picture. All this time I've been trying so hard to forget... I must have locked this part away deep inside me...

Judge:
Perhaps it would be best... if we added this to the witness's testimony. Would you please tell us what you've recalled, Ms. Skye?

Ema:
Yes, Your Honor.

Phoenix:
(First the knife mix-up, and now... the Blue Badger? This should be interesting...)




Witness Testimony
- - Ema's Recollection - -

Ema:
When I saw that man raise his knife...
I panicked, and rushed toward both of them.
I think I... I knocked away the man with the knife.
Just then there was another flash of lightning, and that's when I saw... the Blue Badger!
He wasn't in the room, but I'm sure I saw his shadow!

Judge:
This is certainly most unusual...

Edgeworth:
Objection
Try impossible! The Head Detective of Criminal Affairs didn't even design him until this year!

Phoenix:
(That would mean he didn't even exist two years ago...)

Judge:
Yes, well. The defense may now begin its cross-examination.

Holdit

Lana:
Stop! Please! Don't pursue this any further!

Phoenix:
Lana!

Judge:
What's the meaning of this!? Please remain seated in the defendant's chair!

Lana:
But you can't do this! I've already confessed to the crime! Why can't you just leave it at that!?

Edgeworth:
Chief Prosecutor Skye.

Lana:
!

Edgeworth:
We've already come this far. It's too late to turn back.

Judge:
Silence! The defense will now begin its cross-examination. Bailiff. Please detain the defendant.

Phoenix:
(It seems we're finally getting to the core of the matter.)




Cross Examination
- - Ema's Recollection - -

Ema:
When I saw that man raise his knife...


Ema:
I panicked, and rushed toward both of them.


Ema:
I think I... I knocked away the man with the knife.


Ema:
Just then there was another flash of lightning, and that's when I saw... the Blue Badger!



Ema:
He wasn't in the room, but I'm sure I saw his shadow!



Phoenix:
(The Blue Badger didn't even exist two years ago... So what exactly did Ema see? I've gathered all the evidence. All that's left now... is to put the pieces of the puzzle together...)




Phoenix:
The mysterious "Blue Badger" was in fact... this!

Judge:
But that's... Er, what exactly is that?

Phoenix:
I believe it's some sort of jar.

Ema:
But Mr. Wright! That doesn't look anything like the Blue Badger!

Phoenix:
Indeed it doesn't. As it stands now, it's just a plain jar. However... What if we were to change our viewpoint?

Judge:
Our viewpoint...?

Phoenix:
(I've got to show them the correct angle to look at this from!)


Phoenix:
Well...? Is this a miracle or what? No one can possibly deny this jar's resemblance to the Blue Badger!

Edgeworth:
No... It can't be!!!

Judge:
Order! Order! The defense has proven its claim. The mysterious "Blue Badger" witnessed on the day of the crime was actually this...

Edgeworth:
Objection
Although we all enjoyed Mr. Wright's dramatic performance, one question remains... What's your point!?

Phoenix:
What do you mean?

Edgeworth:
So that Badger thing was actually just a jar. That doesn't change anything!

Phoenix:
Objection
I'm afraid that's where you're wrong, Mr. Edgeworth. You see... this changes everything!

Edgeworth:
Indeed? Very well, then. Please tell us... What's different now that we know the witness saw this jar?




Phoenix:
Allow me to take these in turn. At the moment of the murder, the witness saw this jar.

Edgeworth:
Not only that, but she saw it at a very specific angle.

Phoenix:
Knowing this, where could she have seen this jar?

Judge:
Where...?

Phoenix:
The location of the jar is shown in a picture taken on the day of the crime. It's on a shelf in the office of Damon Gant.

Edgeworth:
Objection
But the body was found lying near Lana Skye's desk! The witness testified so herself!

Phoenix:
Objection
Yes! And it is these two facts that reveal what actually transpired! You see... The struggle between Darke and Marshall did not take place in Lana Skye's office! It happened on the other side of the room, in Chief Gant's office!

Edgeworth:
Objection
Are you implying the murderer moved the victim's body? From Damon Gant's office to Lana Skye's office?

Phoenix:
Yes.

Edgeworth:
Why would he do that!? There's no reason!

Phoenix:
Exactly.

Edgeworth:
!

Phoenix:
If there wasn't a "reason"... he wouldn't have gone through the trouble. The only logical conclusion... is that there was a "reason."

Judge:
Do you know what that reason was, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
(I've finally figured it out... So this is why Lana tried to stop the trial! It's too late to quit now, though.) Please recall the witness's testimony. She said she knocked away the man who was holding up the knife. In the next instant, the jar was hit and flew threw the air. Now tell me... What could have sent the jar flying?

Judge:
That would have to have been... the impact the man made when he was knocked into the wall?

Phoenix:
Ladies and gentlemen... if I may draw your attention to this picture once more. If the man was knocked in the direction of the shelf the jar was sitting on... what would he have hit?

Ema:
A-AHHHHHH...

Judge:
The suit of armor! Holding... a very sharp and dangerous-looking sword...

Phoenix:
Yes. And since the man who was knocked into the armor was carrying a broken knife... he would have had to have been Neil Marshall, wielding the Prosecutor's Award.

Edgeworth:
No... Mr. Wright... You can't be thinking...

Phoenix:
Yes. There is another possibility of what actually transpired in that room.

Judge:
Another possibility?

Phoenix:
Of course the perpetrator would have had no idea, but nevertheless! ... (I... I don't know if I can go through with this...)

Judge:
Mr. Wright? What's the matter?

Edgeworth:
If events took place as the defense theorizes... Then the outcome is obvious. In that moment... assuming the man Ema Skye knocked away was actually Prosecutor Neil Marshall...

Ema:
You mean... Mr. Marshall died... because of... me...? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

*thud*

Edgeworth:
I never imagined her testimony would lead to this...

Judge:
So it was the witness who took the victim's life... and then proved so with her own testimony! This is unprecedented!

Objection

Lana:
What... What are you saying!?

Phoenix:
I'm sorry, Ms. Skye, but given the circumstances...

Lana:
Joe Darke murdered Prosecutor Marshall! How can you think it was Ema!? How dare you try to pin the crime on her!?

Edgeworth:
Imagine that, coming from you.

Lana:
!

Edgeworth:
If you recall, it was you who admitted to forging evidence two years ago. The reason you moved Prosecutor Marshall's body... was to keep anyone else from finding out about what Ema did, wasn't it?

Lana:
I assure you, Mr. Edgeworth, I have no idea what you're talking about. If you hope to have anyone believe your insane allegations, I'm afraid you're going to have to have proof. Tell me... Do you have any conclusive evidence that proves my sister killed Neil Marshall?

Phoenix:
E-evidence?

Lana:
I'm willing to bet you don't.

Judge:
Yes... it certainly would be difficult to prove this with evidence.

Edgeworth:
If we don't have evidence, then we'll have to rely on testimony.

Lana:
I'm afraid that won't work in this case. Both parties involved in the incident are dead.

Phoenix:
...! (We certainly can't get dead people to testify. This has all been a wild goose chase from the beginning!)

Edgeworth:
Hmph. Touche, Ms. Skye. Of course... That only leaves us with one possibility.

Phoenix:
...! (You mean, there's still another possibility?)

Judge:
What do you mean, Mr. Edgeworth?

Edgeworth:
I mean, the possibility that the victim left us a message. For better or for worse, Mr. Marshall did not die instantly. He may have left behind the name of the person who took his life... somehow.

Lana:
That's... That's impossible!

Judge:
Well, Mr. Wright? This is the only possibility left to you. A message from the deceased... Does such a message exist?

Phoenix:
(I've got to think back to the Court Record!) The real murderer's name that the victim may have left behind...



Phoenix:
This "message" from the deceased... is already in our possession.

Lana:
Mr. Wright! Will you stop at nothing to prove my sister a murderer?

Edgeworth:
Do not be mistaken, Ms. Skye.

Lana:
...!

Edgeworth:
Our purpose is not to accuse Ema of any crime. There is only one thing we seek: the truth. No matter how painful it may be.

Judge:
Now then, Mr. Wright. Please show us the piece of evidence... that conveys a message from the deceased!


Phoenix:
This is the message left by the deceased.

Judge:
This is that "Blue Badger" from before, right?

Lana:
Oh, is he going to just speak the killer's name?

Edgeworth:
If that thing could, I'm sure it would.

Phoenix:
(Looks like everyone's forgotten this is just a jar.) A message was left here... on the surface of this jar.

Judge:
What do you mean?

Phoenix:
If you look closely, you can see a faint trail of blood on this jar.

Edgeworth:
It looks like someone wiped the blood away.

Lana:
...

Phoenix:
Yes, but notice: for some reason... the blood on some of the fragments was not wiped away.

Judge:
Yes... there is a line here... drawn in blood!

Edgeworth:
So what you're saying, is these "dots"... were once lines!

Phoenix:
Prosecutor Marshall did not die instantly. He used the few precious moments left to him to leave behind a message!

Edgeworth:
One that someone apparently wiped away... But blood must have seeped into the jar where the lines change directions.

Phoenix:
Precisely so! All we need to do is connect these points... and the victim's message will become apparent!

Lana:
N-no...!

Judge:
Mr. Wright! What kind of message did the victim leave for us!?

Phoenix:
Your Honor... I believe these blood stains will reveal to us the answer! (I've got to connect these dots to make letters. There's only one thing the victim would have written, given the circumstances: The murderer's name!)  


Phoenix:
(It's a defense attorney's duty to prove his client's innocence. That's why all I've been thinking about is saving Lana. After all my efforts, I never thought it would turn out like this!)

"Ema"...

Edgeworth:
So this is the final message Prosecutor Marshall left behind.

Judge:
Of all people... She may not have meant it... but in the end, the one who took the victim's life...

Phoenix:
was Ema Skye.

???:
See, Worthy? Can't say I didn't warn you.

Edgeworth:
Chief Gant...

Gant:
Do you understand the implications of what you've done?

Edgeworth:
What...? What are you talking about?

Gant:
Two years ago, Joe Darke was sentenced to death. He was convicted because of his final murder. I believe you were the prosecutor in the case, were you not?

Edgeworth:
Ack!

Gant:
Yes, Worthy. Because of you... an innocent man was sentenced to death. Not only that... but you used forged evidence to ensure his conviction!

Edgeworth:
K-kkckck! KKCKRRAAAAHHHH!!!

Phoenix:
Objection
But Joe Darke really was a serial murderer! That's undeniable!

Gant:
I'm afraid that's not important. Didn't you know? We aren't defenders of justice.

Phoenix:
What?

Gant:
We're merely keepers of the law. Sentencing a man to death... is no light matter. Even if there wasn't any cover-up or evidence forgery... ultimately the responsibility falls on the prosecutor in charge.

Edgeworth:
!

Gant:
Despite what anyone may say, this fact cannot be denied.

What's going on at the Prosecutor's Office!?
They might have sent an innocent man to his death!
How can he just stand there, like it wasn't his fault!?

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! ORDEEEEERRRRRR!!!


Phoenix:
The gavel's pounding fell on deaf ears... Unable to settle the crowd, the judge declared a recess. Where this trial is headed, no one knows...

To be continued.




February 25, 12:06
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Phoenix:
Sorry, Edgeworth. I didn't mean to get you in trouble...

Edgeworth:
Hmph. Don't worry about it. This is my problem, not yours.

Gumshoe:
Hope I'm not interrupting anything, pals.

Phoenix:
...

Edgeworth:
...

Gumshoe:
Oh... Guess I am. I'll come back later.

Phoenix:
Oh, Detective Gumshoe! What is it?

Gumshoe:
You've got a lot of nerve, pal! Making a detective run all around while on duty, and to top it off you call me here... I've seen happier people at funerals!

Phoenix:
I take it Lana's having you run errands again.

Gumshoe:
Let me tell you, this is the last time, pal! Here. She asked me to give this to you if there was a break in today's trial.

Phoenix:
"Evidence Law"? (Edgeworth was talking about this just the other day...)


Edgeworth:
I'm sure you know the two rules of evidence law, don't you Wright? Rule 1: no evidence shall be shown without the approval of the Police Department!

Ema:
I-is that right, Mr. Wright!?

Phoenix:
It seems so.

Ema:
You could at least study some evidence law! Really!


Gumshoe:
The Chief Prosecutor also wanted me to give you a message.

Phoenix:
A message?

Gumshoe:
She said, "If you're planning to take HIM on, you're going to need this book."

Phoenix:
("Him"... I guess I'll need to give this book a thorough read...)

Securely slipped Evidence Law into pocket.

Gumshoe:
Doesn't look like that book'll do you any good now though. All that's left now is the Chief Prosecutor's sentence.

Phoenix:
That's where you're wrong, Detective.

Gumshoe:
Huh?

Edgeworth:
Haven't you figured it out yet? Why I'm still sitting in that prosecutor's seat... despite all these allegations being thrown at me?

Gumshoe:
Mr. Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
The real trial today... hasn't begun yet.

Gumshoe:
What!? What else is there left to do? Your credibility's been all but ruined with this forged evidence you were unaware of, Ema Skye found out she unwittingly caused a man's death... And now you're telling me you want to do more!? You've gotta be kidding me, pal!

Phoenix:
You're missing the point, Detective. Lana didn't murder Detective Goodman.

Gumshoe:
...!

Phoenix:
She merely stuck a knife into his dead body. That means the real killer...is still out there.

Gumshoe:
What!?

Phoenix:
(And we're going to expose him... No matter what it takes! This case has hurt too many people. It's time to bring it to an end!)




February 25, 12:52
District Court
Courtroom No. 9

Judge:
The court will now reconvene for the trial of Ms. Lana Skye. Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
Yes, Your Honor?

Judge:
The inquiry committee is planning to impose harsh penalties for your actions.

Edgeworth:
Thank you for the news, Your Honor.

Judge:
Yes, well... *a-hem* Normally, this is where the prosecution calls forth a witness... but, er... *a-hem* *cough* *cough* This isn't easy to say... You see, there is some concern that Mr. Edgeworth may have, ah...

Edgeworth:
Struck a bargain?

Phoenix:
...!

Edgeworth:
You think I may have manipulated the witnesses.

Judge:
I didn't say that! It's just, you see... Everyone has been talking, and...

Edgeworth:
... Very well, Your Honor. I have a solution.

Judge:
A solution?

Edgeworth:
That being the case, the prosecution will allow the defense to call forth all further witnesses.

Judge:
What!? But there's never been a case example...

Edgeworth:
Undeniably this is an unusual arrangement... but a very effective one. It would prove that I haven't struck any "deals" with the witnesses.

Judge:
Hmm... Well, Mr. Wright? What do you say?

Phoenix:
... (Unbelievable. Edgeworth has found a way to continue the trial!) Very well. The defense accepts the prosecution's proposal.

Judge:
Then it's settled. The, uh... defense... may now call forth the next witness!

Edgeworth:
Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
...!

Edgeworth:
You do realize this is your last chance? If you call the wrong witness... this trial is as good as over.

Phoenix:
The defense calls... (The time's finally come to bring out the real murderer!)


Phoenix:
Damon Gant. The defense calls Damon Gant to the stand!

Judge:
D-Damon Gant...? What does he have to do with anything!?

Phoenix:
... As the defendant's partner two years ago, Mr. Gant has first-hand knowledge of the crime. I feel we should hear what he has to say about it.

Judge:
Hmm...

Edgeworth:
As luck would have it, he should still be in the courthouse. He would also be the least likely to have been manipulated by me in any way. Wouldn't you agree, Your Honor?

Judge:
True... All right. Bailiff! Please escort Mr. Gant to the stand!

Edgeworth:
Witness. Please state your name and occupation.

Gant:
What is this, some kind of practical joke? I was just on my way to lunch!

Edgeworth:
Your name and occupation, sir.

Gant:
Worthy... Are you sure you want to do this?

Edgeworth:
Your name and occupation!

Gant:
So... You want to play hardball, eh?

Judge:
P-please, Mr. Gant.

Gant:
... Fine. My name is Damon Gant. I'm the acting Chief of Police.

Phoenix:
Now then, Chief Gant. The court requests to hear your testimony.

Gant:
Oh, Wrighto. What's with the grim face?

Phoenix:
First, let's clear up this SL-9 Incident.

Gant:
Oh, you mean that time when Lana's sister murdered that prosecutor? Personally, I think it's been made pretty clear already.

Phoenix:
There are still some things unaccounted for.

Gant:
Oh? Like what?

Phoenix:
Like the role you played in all of this.

Gant:
... Son... Either you're very brave... or very foolish.

Phoenix:
...

Gant:
You are aware of course that a police chief has all kinds of weapons at his disposal?

Phoenix:
"Weapons"...?

Gant:
Sure. Take my testimony, for example. I don't have to give it if I don't want to.

Phoenix:
What? Is that true?

Judge:
I'm afraid so... The Chief of Police has the right to refuse to testify.

Edgeworth:
Of course, such an action carries with it certain risks...

Gant:
... Don't worry. I'm not here to hinder your trial. Just remember... If this turns out to be a big waste of time, don't say I didn't warn you.

Judge:
Very well. The witness may now begin his testimony.




Witness Testimony
- - SL-9 Incident - -

Gant:
As I recall, Neil and I were questioning him that day.
To make a long story short, we slipped up. That power outage didn't help either.
When I went to my office, I found Lana there.
Apparently she had already... "arranged" the crime scene.
As you can see, I had nothing to do with the "forgery."

Judge:
Hmm... Is that when Darke was arrested?

Gant:
Him? He was lying on the floor unconscious. When Ema sent Neil flying... it seems Darke bumped his head.

Judge:
I see... Everything seems pretty clear-cut.

Phoenix:
(If the police chief has the right to refuse to testify... Then I'd better hit him hard and fast!)




Cross Examination
- - SL-9 Incident - -

Gant:
As I recall, Neil and I were questioning him that day.


Gant:
To make a long story short, we slipped up. That power outage didn't help either.


Gant:
When I went to my office, I found Lana there.


Gant:
Apparently she had already... "arranged" the crime scene.


Gant:
As you can see, I had nothing to do with the "forgery."



Phoenix:
(Lana did admit to forging evidence... but that can't be the whole truth. Somehow I've got to link Gant to the incident!)




Judge:
It was found where!?

Phoenix:
You see, Chief Gant. These articles of evidence uncovered in your office... are both concrete proof... that you also played a part in the illegal investigation!

Judge:
Chief Gant! What's the meaning of this!?

Gant:
Ho! Here's a defense attorney who may even rival Worthy!

Phoenix:
So you admit to it, then? That you were involved in the forgery?

Gant:
Who, me? Or do you mean... you?

Phoenix:
Me? Why would I have anything to do with that!?

Gant:
Well... You were the one who snuck into my office when you "found" this evidence.

Phoenix:
...!

Gant:
Prosecutors aren't the only ones capable of forging evidence, you know. Defense attorneys can do so too. Isn't that right, Wrighto?

Edgeworth:
Objection
However! Detective Gumshoe was present during the investigation!

Gant:
Worthy, my boy. Not even detectives are exempt from the law. Rest assured Dick will receive his due punishment.

Edgeworth:
Wh...

Phoenix:
WHAAAAT!? (If Detective Gumshoe's salary drops any further, he'll end up paying to work!)

Judge:
Yes, well. In light of the Detective's presence... please give us your testimony regarding these pieces of evidence found in your office, and their relation to the forgery that took place at the crime scene.

Gant:
My, my... Kids these days no longer know how to put two and two together...




Witness Testimony
- - Evidence & Forgery - -

Gant:
Let's see, what was it now? A jar fragment... and a list?
For all I know, you could have planted them in my office.
Anyway, you can't prove "when" those pieces of evidence were discovered.
If they were found after Darke was convicted, then they're worthless.
There's no reason I'd participate in a forgery.
Rearranging the crime scene wouldn't help me out in any way.

Judge:
Hmm... Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
Yes, Your Honor?

Judge:
When investigating the crime scene... you should have been more careful to observe protocol.

Gant:
You do understand that I am the Chief of Police, right? There will be consequences...

Phoenix:
Ooh...

Gant:
Indeed, I believe I will press charges... so you won't make the same mistake again.

Judge:
My apologies, Chief, but would you mind waiting until tomorrow for that? Today is... well, you know...

Gant:
All right, Udgey. In return, though...

Judge:
I know! I know! That place, right?

Phoenix:
(Huh? What are these guys, telepathic?)




Cross Examination
- - Evidence & Forgery - -

Gant:
For all I know, you could have planted them in my office.


Gant:
Anyway, you can't prove "when" those pieces of evidence were discovered.


Gant:
If they were found after Darke was convicted, then they're worthless.


Gant:
There's no reason I'd participate in a forgery.


Gant:
Rearranging the crime scene wouldn't help me out in any way.


Gant:
I wouldn't be anyone's "accomplice" if there was nothing in it for me.


Phoenix:
(Gant isn't the one who murdered Prosecutor Marshall two years ago. Yet I know he played a part in the forgery. That can only mean someone asked him to be an accomplice.)

Edgeworth:
Damon Gant... someone's accomplice? That sounds unlikely...




Judge:
Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye... Th-the defendant!?

Gant:
...

Phoenix:
I believe it's quite obvious in light of the circumstances. Ema Skye fell victim to an unfortunate series of events. Who would want to help her more than her own sister, Lana? And as for Chief Gant... he would also have a reason to help Lana if she asked him to. That reason, of course, is... self profit.

Judge:
Self profit...? What do you mean?

Phoenix:
After the SL-9 Incident was resolved... Lana Skye was appointed Chief Prosecutor at the Prosecutor's Office. The person who arranged this job change...was you, Chief Gant.

Gant:
...

Judge:
B-but... how would he profit from all of this?

Edgeworth:
He would be able to use the Chief Prosecutor as his puppet! Essentially... he would acquire unchecked authority over all investigations!

Judge:
Do you mean to tell me... that despite the Chief's formidable appearance, he plays with puppets!? Oh, wait. You must mean "puppet" as in someone forced to do his bidding... Never mind!

Phoenix:
Admit it, Chief! You assisted Lana Skye in forging evidence! Your motive: to appoint her as Chief Prosecutor so you could control her!

Gant:
Wrighto, my boy. You have quite an imagination. Let me ask you something.

Phoenix:
What?

Gant:
Do you have any proof of this? That I "controlled" Lana? For example, is Lana testifying that I've done such a thing?

Phoenix:
Lana... (She's keeping quiet to protect Ema. There's no way she'd testify against Gant!)

Judge:
I'm afraid without any proof, this all amounts to nothing more than mere conjecture.

Edgeworth:
... Unless... that is also what happened in this incident...

Judge:
"This" incident...? Er... which one would that be?

Edgeworth:
Of course I'm talking about... the murder of Detective Bruce Goodman. The Chief Prosecutor has been acting strange throughout this entire trial. Almost as if... someone has been "controlling" her!

Gant:
Worthy... You'd better watch your tongue... I wouldn't want you to get hurt.

Judge:
Just what do you mean?

Phoenix:
What he means, Your Honor, is that Chief Gant is involved in the murder of Detective Goodman. Not only that... but the Chief is now making Lana take the rap to cover up his involvement!

Judge:
Wha... wha... wha... WWWHHHHAAAAAAAAATTTTT!!!? Order! Order! Order! I SAID... ORDEEEEERRRR!!! Mr. Wright! You... You can't be serious!

Phoenix:
Huh?

Judge:
This... This is an affront to the highest ranking officer in our law enforcement agency! To accuse the Chief of Police of blackmail... and murder!!!? That's i.... i... i-i-i-i-i-i-i-IMPOSSIBLE!!!

Phoenix:
... Your Honor, I was merely reiterating... what Mr. Edgeworth said, in easier-to-understand language.

Edgeworth:
It's too late, Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
!

Edgeworth:
There's no turning back for us now.

Phoenix:
(It looks like he's the one who's decided to go through with this.)

Judge:
Can you prove this, Mr. Wright? That the Chief, a high-ranking officer of the law, is involved in this murder!?

Phoenix:
... (Good question...)

Edgeworth:
Regardless of his rank or title, Chief Gant is just a man. The question is, is he a criminal? I believe the evidence will tell.

Judge:
I see. Alright, then. Show us the evidence that ties Chief Gant to the murder of Detective Goodman. Just remember... It better be good!


Judge:
This is the ID card list...

Phoenix:
Yes, the one that shows who entered the evidence room on the day of the crime. There was one ID on the list we couldn't determine the owner of yesterday... 7777777.

Gant:
Sorry, but there's no way you can prove that's my card number.

Phoenix:
It's your number.

Gant:
!

Judge:
What!? How do you know that!?

Phoenix:
The safe in Chief Gant's Office requires a code to open. A seven-digit code...

Judge:
Seven digits... You don't mean...

Phoenix:
I'm afraid so, Your Honor. The code was "7777777"... The same as the remaining ID card number on that list! Chief Gant! You entered the evidence room on the day of the crime!

Judge:
Order! Order! Chief Gant! What do you have to say!?

Gant:
... Nothing. The defense's search of my office was in violation of regulations.

Edgeworth:
And I will demand Mr. Wright be punished to the maximum extent of the law. But right now, this court demands an explanation from you... about the use of this ID card!

Gant:
...

Judge:
Chief Gant! So you admit it? You entered the evidence room... on the day of the crime!?

Gant:
... What about it? I'm Chief of Police. Whether it's the evidence room or the bathroom, what's the difference? I can go anywhere I want.

Edgeworth:
Tell me. When you entered the room... were you alone?

Gant:
I always go to the bathroom alone... as I do with the evidence room.

Phoenix:
Detective Goodman wouldn't have happened to be with you that day... would he?

Gant:
O-of course not! Why would he be? I hadn't seen him in days!

Phoenix:
Objection
You hadn't seen him... "in days"? Chief Gant... I'm afraid you've just undone yourself. On that day, you had to have met with Detective Goodman!

Judge:
What do you mean!? This trial's purpose is to determine Lana Skye's guilt!

Edgeworth:
Objection
No it isn't, Your Honor. This trial's purpose is to determine the truth. If Chief Gant met the victim on the day of the crime, then we need to determine one thing: what transpired during that meeting!

Judge:
In that case, Mr. Wright! I'm going to have to ask you for evidence! Show us proof that the victim went to meet Chief Gant on the day of the crime!


Phoenix:
Detective Goodman lost his ID card on the day of the crime.

Edgeworth:
Or to be more accurate, Jake Marshall stole it.

Phoenix:
So Detective Goodman filled out a lost item report. He would have had to give that report... to the Chief of Police!

Gant:
Yet you are in possession of the report... which means you can't be sure if he filed it.

Phoenix:
He filed it. How do I know, you ask? Because he needed to enter the evidence room that day.

Judge:
He needed to?

Phoenix:
Yes. To transfer the evidence out.

Judge:
Oh...

Phoenix:
Detective Goodman took the form to you, Chief Gant. Then... you accompanied the detective to the evidence room!

Gant:
I "accompanied" him?

Phoenix:
There's no other way the murderer and Detective Goodman could have entered the room!

Gant:
Hold on. Let me guess what you're going to say next. I, the Chief of Police, murdered poor Goodman!

Phoenix:
... Exactly.

Judge:
But wait! The Chief didn't necessarily need to accompany him to the evidence room. He could have just lent him his ID card.

Gant:
Yes... Now that you mention it, I believe I might have done something of the sort.

Edgeworth:
Objection
Sorry, but that's not possible.

Gant:
!

Edgeworth:
According to the record, your card was only used once. But you showed us your ID card earlier. If you had really "lent" it to Detective Goodman, it would have been found on his body!

Gant:
N... NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Judge:
Chief Gant! Y-you didn't...!

Gant:
...

Phoenix:
The murder was most likely committed on the spur of the moment. No one in their right mind would choose the Police Department as a place to commit murder. After the murder, you contacted Lana at the Prosecutor's Office. Why else? To dispose of Detective Goodman's body.

Edgeworth:
Objection
However, the victim's body was discovered in the Prosecutor's Office's parking lot. How did he manage to move it there?

Gant:
I was at the Police Department the entire day, you know.

Edgeworth:
And everyone's aware that Lana stayed at the Prosecutor's Office after the ceremony.

Phoenix:
Everyone except me, it seems... Still, you're the Chief of Police. You have an entire police force at your disposal.

Gant:
Oh, so you think I just ordered an officer to do it? "Hey you. Take this here dead body over to the Prosecutor's Office." I don't think so...

Phoenix:
Chief Gant. You left all the evidence we need... to prove how you moved the body to the Prosecutor's Office. (And all this time I thought it was a useless clue just taking up space...)

Judge:
How could the Chief have moved the body!? Mr. Wright! Show us this evidence!

Phoenix:
To move the victim's body... Chief Gant used this!


Judge:
Detective Goodman's body... was carried in the trunk of Mr. Edgeworth's car!

Phoenix:
Yes. Unless, of course, you have another explanation, Chief? Why else would you have asked Mr. Edgeworth to carry evidence from a closed case?

Gant:
...

Phoenix:
There's only one plausible explanation: to transport the body to your accomplice... Ms. Lana Skye!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! What's going on here!? Is there no room for rebuttal to the defense's outrageous accusations!?

Phoenix:
Think back to the photograph Ms. Starr took at the Prosecutor's Office. This was not a photo of the body being stuffed in the trunk to be taken away. It was exactly the opposite...

Edgeworth:
It is a photo of the body being taken from the trunk!

Judge:
Chief Gant! Please, say something!

Gant:
I believe... your time's up.

Judge:
My "time's up"?

Gant:
Sorry, Wrighto, but I'm having lunch with the District Attorney General after this. We have to get going if we're going to make it in time for the early bird special.

Phoenix:
Objection
B-but... The cross-examination isn't finished yet!

Gant:
Remember what I told you earlier? A police chief... has all kinds of weapons at his disposal.

Phoenix:
..."Weapons"...?

Gant:
Like the right to refuse to testify. I'm invoking that right now.

Judge:
What!? That is not a right to be casually invoked. There are certain risks to be considered!

Edgeworth:
Objection
So you're going to just run away after all this!?

Gant:
"Run away"? Don't make me laugh, Worthy.

Edgeworth:
!

Gant:
"I stabbed ol' Goodman." That's what you're saying, right? But if you had any conclusive evidence, you would have presented it by now.

Phoenix:
Well I...

Gant:
You think I had Lana dispose of the body? If so, then show your proof and get it over with!

Judge:
Hmm... I'll say it again, Mr. Wright. Damon Gant is the current Chief of Police. This court will not tolerate any accusations against him without concrete proof. Well, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
Y-Your Honor?

Judge:
Do you have any concrete proof? Proof that Chief Gant murdered Detective Goodman and made Ms. Skye dispose of his body?

Phoenix:
(Do I have any concrete "proof"...?)



Phoenix:
(It's no use showing evidence I'm not even sure of myself...) No, Your Honor. At present I have no conclusive evidence.

Gant:
Hmph! See, Udgey?

Judge:
In that case... This court is forced to penalize you for your allegations against the Chief.

Phoenix:
What?

Gant:
I don't gamble unless the stakes are high! It seems that Lady Luck was on my side again today. Okay Udgey, I'll leave the rest to you!

Judge:
I warned you earlier, Mr. Wright. This...is an affront to a senior officer in our nation's ([sic]) enforcement agency.

Phoenix:
... WAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

Edgeworth:
Objection
"Lady Luck," hm? Maybe we should have a word with her.

Judge:
Mr. Edgeworth? What do you mean!?

Edgeworth:
There's one "Lady" who knows the real truth behind this trial... We haven't yet had the honor of hearing her testimony.

Phoenix:
(A lady who knows the truth... Another witness!)

Edgeworth:
In the absence of conclusive evidence, the only other method of proof is testimony.

Phoenix:
But Chief Gant has invoked his right to refuse to testify!

Edgeworth:
There's still someone else. One more witness who can answer all the questions raised in this trial. Someone right in this very room!

Judge:
Mr. Edgeworth! Who is this person!?

Edgeworth:
Hmph... Why are you asking me, Your Honor? Have you forgotten? The defense is the one calling witnesses today.

Judge:
Mr. Wright. Does such a witness exist?

Phoenix:
(She may not be willing to tell the truth... But we can't just stop now!) Yes, Your Honor! The defense calls forth...


Judge:
The defendant... Ms. Lana Skye!?

Phoenix:
She was in the underground parking lot at 5:15 PM on February 21. Her task: to dispose of the victim's body... in accordance with a certain someone's orders!

Judge:
Hmm... Mr. Edgeworth...?

Edgeworth:
The prosecution has no objections, Your Honor.

Judge:
Very well. The court will now take its final recess for the day. In 15 minutes, we will reconvene to hear the defendant's testimony. This court is now in re-

???:
Hold on!

Judge:
Huh? Chief Gant! I thought you were going to eat.

Gant:
Listen good, Lana!

Phoenix:
(He's talking to Lana!)

Gant:
I don't think you need me to tell you this, but if you accept Mr. Wright's claim... there will be terrible consequences.

Edgeworth:
...!

Gant:
That's right... Your sister will be found guilty... for Neil Marshall's murder!

Phoenix:
Ah! (This isn't good!)

Gant:
Of course, you'd never support such outrageous claims anyway... right? Just something to think about... All right, then. I've got a lunch date to meet.

Judge:
... Okay. If there aren't any further objections... this court is now in recess!




February 25, 2:04 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Edgeworth:
Looks like we managed to stay in the game.

Phoenix:
Yeah. Thanks to your help, Edgeworth.

Gumshoe:
That Chief... He's something else, eh pals?

Phoenix:
Detective Gumshoe!

Gumshoe:
Ha ha ha. I'm not a "detective" anymore.

Phoenix:
Oh yeah. Sorry about that...

Gumshoe:
Ah, don't worry. I've already decided where to work now! At your office!

Phoenix:
My office...?

Gumshoe:
Sure! I'll take the place of that top-knotted girl you used to work with!

Phoenix:
(Could he mean... Maya?)

Gumshoe:
Still... Looks like we're all out of moves now. Chief Gant's done it again. How is it he always gets the upper hand!?

Phoenix:
It's not fair he has the right to refuse to testify!

Edgeworth:
Hmph. Settle down, Wright. Remember what the judge said?


Judge:
But Chief! That is not a right to be casually invoked. There are certain risks to be considered!


Phoenix:
"Risks"... What did he mean by that?

Edgeworth:
It's simple. If the Chief refuses to testify... the opposite also holds true.

???:
You mean, he forfeits his right to say anything too!

Phoenix:
Ema! Are you okay?

Ema:
Yeah. When I came to, I was in the medical office. I've been listening to the trial from the gallery.

Phoenix:
(So she heard everything that's been going on.) Um, Ema... I'm sorry for what I said before.

Ema:
No, don't be. It was the truth. You know, it's funny. I almost feel somehow... relieved.

Phoenix:
"Relieved"?

Ema:
Yeah... Now I finally know what really happened. To think that all this time... my sister was being blackmailed by that terrible man! And she did it all... just to protect me.

Edgeworth:
Ever since her appointment as Chief Prosecutor, everyone who knew her... said she changed. Perhaps... it was easier that way for her.

Gumshoe:
What do you mean?

Edgeworth:
What do you think I mean? To follow Chief Gant's orders. She must have shut herself up deep inside... to force herself to do anything and everything the Chief told her to do.

Phoenix:
(That must be why she became so cold...)

Ema:
It was all my fault. It's all because I... I murdered Mr. Marshall.

Gumshoe:
Hey. Don't go blaming yourself, now. If you want to blame anyone, blame society, pal!

Ema:
Chief Gant may be able to fool everyone else with his "forgery," but he can't fool my memory. I remember now. I knocked Mr. Marshall into that armor.

Phoenix:
I... I see.

Gumshoe:
Well, we'd better get back. It's time for the final act!

Phoenix:
Ema, why don't you wait h-

Ema:
No. I'm going with you.

Phoenix:
!

Ema:
I want to be there... when Lana tells the truth.

Edgeworth:
Let's go, Wright. It's time to end this.

To be continued.




February 23, 2:21 PM
District Court
Courtroom No. 9

Judge:
Now then... Will the defendant, Ms. Lana Skye, please take the stand?

Edgeworth:
Ms. Lana Skye. You are the Chief Prosecutor. I'm sure you're aware of what is required of you.

Lana:
But Mr. Edgeworth... you already know everything... You know all that I've done these past two years.

Edgeworth:
...

Judge:
Please provide the court with your testimony, Ms. Skye. And remember... you are under oath. We want to hear the truth.

Lana:
Of course... The truth...

Ema:
Lana! No matter what happens, I'll always be your sister!

Lana:
...

Judge:
Now then, your testimony, if you will. First, tell us about your relationship with Gant.

Phoenix:
(Everything hinges on your testimony. You're the only chance we have to get Gant!)




Witness Testimony
- - Gant & The Fabrication - -

Lana:
I worked alongside Gant for years...
There's no truth to this "blackmail" theory.
I fabricated the evidence two years ago all by myself.
When I found Prosecutor Marshall's body, I rearranged the crime scene.
My only motivation was to get Darke convicted. It had nothing to do with Ema.

Judge:
Hmm... Are you sure about this testimony?

Lana:
Your Honor. I'm confessing to a capital offense. Of course I'm sure.

Ema:
But Lana...!

Judge:
If this is true, then that means Chief Gant has nothing to do with this.

Lana:
That's what I've been telling you from the beginning.

Ema:
Please, Mr. Wright. You've got to help her! She's sacrificing herself because of me...

Phoenix:
(But what if she's telling the truth?)

Ema:
She's not. I know my own sister. Whenever she speaks stiffly like that, she's hiding something inside. Deep down, she's really screaming in agony!

Phoenix:
...! (Yeah... This is no time to to start second-guessing myself!)

Judge:
The defense may now begin its cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - Gant & The Fabrication - -

Lana:
I worked alongside Gant for years...


Lana:
There's no truth to this "blackmail" theory.


Lana:
I fabricated the evidence two years ago all by myself.


Lana:
When I found Prosecutor Marshall's body, I rearranged the crime scene.


Lana:
I broke off the tip of Darke's knife, planted it inside the wound, then moved the body.


Lana:
I knew the tip of the weapon found buried in his body would be all the proof we needed.


Lana:
The pieces of the jar that shattered during the events threatened my plan.



Lana:
My only motivation was to get Darke convicted. It had nothing to do with Ema.


Ema:
Mr. Wright! My sister's lying!

Phoenix:
Looks like she's determined to protect you to the end. She insists she fabricated the evidence by herself.

Ema:
There's no way she could have done it alone!

Phoenix:
(I've got to get Lana to talk more. If she's lying, then she's bound to slip up and make a contradiction!)




Phoenix:
Ms. Skye, I understand how you feel. You committed that "crime" two years ago to protect your sister.

Judge:
You mean the forgery at the scene where Neil Marshall was murdered?

Phoenix:
If that truth were to be exposed now, the past two years of your life will have been useless. Even so, I am compelled to bring to everyone's attention a significant contradiction within your testimony!

Lana:
A contradiction... in my testimony?

Phoenix:
You testified, and I quote, "The pieces of the jar that shattered during the events threatened my plan."

Lana:
That's right...

Judge:
Do you have a problem with that?

Phoenix:
It's a simple oversight, really. You see, a message was written on this jar with the victim's blood.

Lana:
Yes. The prosecutor must have written it in his final moments.

Phoenix:
Exactly so. And this is where the contradiction lies.

Lana:
!

Phoenix:
In order for the victim to be able to write his message on the jar, it must not yet have been broken before he died!

Lana:
Ah...

Phoenix:
He couldn't have written Ema's name on a shattered jar!

Judge:
Order! Order!

Edgeworth:
Your Honor. It would appear... more information is needed in regard to this jar, and its bloody message! We may be missing something critical here!

Phoenix:
(Something critical...?)

Edgeworth:
Chief Prosecutor. It seems you're as in the dark as we are... about the truth towards which we're headed.

Lana:
What...?

Edgeworth:
Just tell us exactly what you saw. We'll piece together the information to arrive at the truth.

Judge:
Very well! The witness may now continue her testimony!

Lana:
...




Witness Testimony
- - Jar & Message in Blood - -

Lana:
I immediately noticed the blood traces on the jar,
but it was dark in the room and I didn't have time to check it out.
To be safe, I wiped away the blood.
The fragments were large, so I'm sure I got them all.
All I could think about was wiping them clean before they were discovered.

Judge:
You mean you were the one who wiped away this message in blood!?

Lana:
I wasn't Chief Prosecutor at the time.

Ema:
She didn't think Darke was the real murderer. That's why she tried to erase the "real evidence."

Judge:
Very well. The defense may now begin its cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - Jar & Message in Blood - -

Lana:
I immediately noticed the blood traces on the jar,


Lana:
but it was dark in the room and I didn't have time to check it out.


Lana:
To be safe, I wiped away the blood.



Lana:
The fragments were large, so I'm sure I got them all.



Lana:
All I could think about was wiping them clean before they were discovered.



Ema:
More contradictions have surfaced in her testimony.

Phoenix:
Your sister's really putting up a fight. She must really care about you. Still, she's not doing this the right way...

Ema:
...!

Phoenix:
(I think I've finally figured out the contradictions in her testimony. There's one final "possibility" that might turn everything around!)




Phoenix:
Ms. Skye. I believe this jar conceals a truth even you were unaware of.

Lana:
What?

Phoenix:
We found the final piece of this jar in Chief Gant's safe.

Lana:
In the Chief's safe? But how...?

Phoenix:
(I knew it! She really didn't know!) There's something even more disturbing about that final piece: There was still blood on it.

Judge:
But the witness just testified... that she gathered every last piece and wiped the blood off of them!

Phoenix:
Yes, which leaves us with only one explanation. On the night Prosecutor Marshall was murdered... you were not the first one to show up on the scene! Chief Gant got there before you!

Judge:
But couldn't the defendant have simply missed a piece?

Phoenix:
Objection
I'm afraid that's unlikely. The pieces are too big for anyone to miss, let alone an ace detective!

Judge:
That may well be, but everyone makes mistakes. Even I once wasted an entire day looking for my dentures. They were in my mouth all along! Ha! Can you believe that!?

Edgeworth:
Objection
Have you forgotten, Your Honor? When this witness arrived at the scene, the jar was already broken.

Judge:
Oh, that...

Edgeworth:
There's no way a name could have been written on a shattered jar. Another person discovered the scene prior to the witness!

Judge:
I hope you're not implying this "person" was Chief Gant. At the time, he was looking for Darke downstairs. Besides, even if he was there first, why would he break the jar?

Phoenix:
Objection
The question is, if he did arrive there first, why did he hide that fact for two years!?

Judge:
...

Phoenix:
Well, Your Honor? Can you answer us that!?

Judge:
Nnnnn... NNNNGHAAAAAAA! Noooooooooooo! Wait, I'm not the one on ([sic]) here!

Edgeworth:
Damon Gant arrived at the crime scene prior to the witness. He proceeded to break the jar, and purposefully hid one of the broken pieces. Question: What is this action called?

Phoenix:
Fabrication...

Judge:
B-but why would Chief Gant do that!?

Edgeworth:
In light of what happened afterwards, isn't it clear?

Judge:
What happened afterwards...?

Edgeworth:
Discovering the scene, Lana Skye believed her sister Ema killed the victim. Determined to help her sister, she sought Gant's aid. Lending her his "aid," Gant helped her create evidence that incriminated Darke, sparing Ema. And here is the reason! The reason why Ms. Skye became the Chief's puppet!

Lana:
...!! N-no... I... I did it on my own...

Ema:
Please, Sis! Stop trying to protect the Chief! I... I can't watch you suffer any more for my sake...

Lana:
No, you didn't! It wasn't you, Ema! You didn't kill anyone! Don't believe anything Mr. Wright says! Defense attorneys make up the ([sic]) most foul lies to defend their clients!

Phoenix:
"Foul lies"...? (Imagine that, coming from my own client!)

Judge:
Hmm... I guess you do seem the type who likes to twist the truth.

Phoenix:
...! (Wait a minute... What if... we're still smack dab in the middle of Gant's trap!?)

Judge:
Is something wrong, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
Lana... may be right after all.

Edgeworth:
! What do you mean, Wright?

Ema:
So you do tell foul lies then, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
Ms. Skye! Please testify once more!

Lana:
But...

Phoenix:
If evidence was "fabricated" behind your back... then Ema's accidental killing of Prosecutor Marshall... might also be a lie!

Ema:
B-but, I do remember knocking over Mr. Marshall...

Phoenix:
Ms. Skye! If you will!

Lana:
... I... I can't...

Edgeworth:
There's nothing to be afraid of anymore.

Lana:
...!

Edgeworth:
This cross-examination may not change a thing. However, there is a possibility that it will, if you tell the truth!

Lana:
... Very well. I'll testify... about what I really saw.

Judge:
All right. The witness may testify once more, for the final time!




Witness Testimony
- - Actual Crime Scene - -

Lana:
When I arrived, I found Mr. Marshall's body impaled on that suit of armor's sword.
Ema and Darke were lying unconscious on the floor nearby.
When I saw what had happened, I thought she... did it.
That's why I erased all the evidence that linked her to the murder.
I had Chief Gant help me remove the body from the sword and carry it...
But if it all really was a fabrication, Ema might be innocent!

Judge:
Unbelievable! The body was impaled on the armor's sword?

Edgeworth:
You were the only one who saw that. If only you had proof...

Lana:
... Actually, I do have proof.

Edgeworth:
!

Lana:
I gave it to Mr. Wright just this morning.

Phoenix:
What? To me!?

Lana:
It's a picture I took of the crime scene as I encountered it. I thought it might be needed.

Phoenix:
But I don't remember receiving a picture like that...

Ema:
Lana must have known... See. Mr. Wright? She really does have faith in you!

Judge:
Very well, Mr. Wright. Please present this "picture"!

Phoenix:
(I don't remember receiving any pictures from Lana...)

Ema:
Lana said she gave it to you this morning, right?

Phoenix:
I seem to remember getting something from her then...

Ema:
Let's check that evidence again! There must be a picture in there somewhere!


Phoenix:
Hey... There's a picture here!

Ema:
Oh... Oh my... This is... the actual crime scene...!

Lana:
No other detective saw the crime scene like this. That's because I contacted Criminal Affairs only after I rearranged the scene.

Lana's picture inserted in the Court Record.

Ema:
*gasp* Mr. Wright! That piece cut out from his vest! Could that be...

Phoenix:
(The cloth we found inside Chief Gant's safe!)


Phoenix:
What's this?

Ema:
It's... a handprint.


Ema:
That cloth... It had fingerprints on it! Whosever fingerprints those are must be the real murderer!

Phoenix:
(What!? But those fingerprints... They're yours, Ema!)

Ema:
Why are your lips turning all purple, Mr. Wright?

Edgeworth:
Anyway, let's get on with the cross-examination. So long as you tell the truth, we should be able to flush out the real murderer.

Judge:
Very well. The defense may now begin its cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - Actual Crime Scene - -

Lana:
When I arrived, I found Mr. Marshall's body impaled on that suit of armor's sword.

Holdit

Gant:
Come now, Udgey. This is the poorest excuse for a trial I've ever seen!

Judge:
Chief Gant...

Gant:
What, now you want to make me out as the bad guy too? If so, I'd like to put in a word or two in my defense.

Edgeworth:
Objection
I'm afraid it's too late for that.

Gant:
What?

Edgeworth:
You already declined testimony. That means you forfeited your right to make statements of any sort.

Gant:
...

Phoenix:
(This must be the "risk" the judge was talking about...)

Edgeworth:
Just sit back, relax... and enjoy the sound of the noose tightening around your own neck.

Gant:
GGGCCKCKCCKKKK...! ... Ah, so what? You think I'm worried?

Phoenix:
...!

Gant:
Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't need to make any statements.

Edgeworth:
What do you mean?

Gant:
The evidence will do all the talking for me. Even if I can't testify, I can still present evidence.

Judge:
Yes, that's true... Wait! You mean... you still have some conclusive evidence?

Gant:
No, I don't. But someone does.

Judge:
"Someone"...?

Gant:
So then... what's your excuse Wrighto?

Phoenix:
...!

Gant:
Why have you been keeping quiet about it? You do have something to show us, right? Something that proves who knocked over Neil Marshall, causing his death. Conclusive evidence, that leaves no room for doubt!

Judge:
I-is this true, Mr. Wright!?

Phoenix:
... (If I show that piece of evidence now... Ema's sure to be made out as the murderer!)

Judge:
Mr. Wright! If you have any more evidence, present it now! And if you try to conceal anything... you will be the one appearing before the Board of Inquiries!

Phoenix:
(What do I do now!? I'd better think this through carefully. I can't afford to make the wrong decision! Should I present that piece of evidence? The one that shows who really killed Prosecutor Marshall?)



Phoenix:
Your Honor, I don't have any evidence I can present at this point in time.

Gant:
What!? You lie!

Judge:
Chief Gant?

Gant:
You... you opened my safe! I know you took what was inside! The conclusive evidence!

Phoenix:
I don't know what you're talking about.

Ema:
Mr. Wright! Why don't you show them? We found it together!

Gant:
Oh, I see. It's because you know the truth, don't you? You know whose fingerprints are on it. That's why you won't present it!

Edgeworth:
What are you talking about, Chief Gant!?

Gant:
Can't you figure it out? Take a good look at this picture. See the victim's vest? Notice anything odd about the chest area?

Judge:
It looks like part of it's been cut off for some reason.

Edgeworth:
You mean, you had this...? In your safe?

Judge:
What!? That means you... the Chief of Police... concealing evidence! This is going to be the biggest scandal in the history of the Police Department!!!

Gant:
... Impressive... To be honest, I didn't think you had the gall, Wrighto.

Phoenix:
...!

Gant:
Well, I can't just let you pin me up as the murderer. I'll tell you what really happened.

Judge:
What!? You mean you admit to it!?

Gant:
I was the first person to arrive at the crime scene that day. It then occurred to me that I could use the situation to control Lana.

Ema:
So you really were manipulating her!

Gant:
I knew Lana. If I made it look like the blame lay with her sister... That when she saw the scene, she would ask me for my aid.

Edgeworth:
So you "assisted" Ms. Skye!

Gant:
I told her to arrange all the evidence. I had her plant the knife tip in the victim's body, and move the body across the room.

Edgeworth:
And I ended up using that evidence to get Joe Darke convicted!

Gant:
When we rearranged the crime scene, I hid two pieces of evidence. I did this before Lana arrived at the scene.

Phoenix:
Two pieces of evidence... You mean those items in your safe!

Judge:
But... why?

Gant:
For insurance, of course.

Phoenix:
"Insurance"...?

Gant:
I was sure my plan would work, but it's always bet to be prepared for the worst. I wasn't about to let anyone blame me for a murder that girl committed.

Judge:
You mean you were calculating that far ahead while forging the evidence!?

Gant:
Who do you take me for, a fool? I didn't make police chief by dumb luck. See this jar fragment? I hid the most legible part of Ema's name. I didn't expect Lana to go and wipe the blood off all the pieces.

Edgeworth:
Objection
But if you fabricated all the evidence... what's to say you didn't fabricate the message on this jar, too?

Gant:
Ho ho ho... Some people just don't know when to quit, do they? That's why I kept one more item for "insurance."

Edgeworth:
You mean that piece of cloth?

Gant:
Come on, Wrighto. Cough it up, already. I know you have it.

Phoenix:
...

Ema:
What are you waiting for, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
So you admit to it then, Chief Gant? That you were hiding the cloth you cut off the victim's vest in your safe?

Gant:
Yes, I admit it. I didn't want to have to do that, being Chief and all, but it's a lot better than being portrayed as a murderer!

Judge:
Well, Mr. Wright? What do you have to say for yourself? Just a moment ago, you said you didn't have any evidence you could present.

Gant:
Foolish move, Wrighto. You should have shown it then before it was too late.

Phoenix:
(It's been a long battle... but the moment of truth has finally arrived! As long as I don't mess up here, victory is mine!)



Phoenix:
Your Honor, I do have evidence to present now.

Judge:
All right then, let's see this "conclusive" evidence! The evidence that shows who actually murdered Prosecutor Marshall!


Phoenix:
Let me verify this once more. On the day of the crime, you personally cut out this piece of the victim's vest?

Gant:
Oh, yes! At last you've finally brought it out into the open.

Judge:
There's a handprint on this piece of cloth!

Edgeworth:
Your Honor! The prosecution requests that be immediately sent to the lab for analysis! This handprint on the leather... There must have been a strong impact for it to be left so clearly!

Judge:
! You mean...

Edgeworth:
It could not have been forged. It must be authentic, conclusive evidence!

Gant:
Ho ho ho... You're as slow on the uptake as ever, Worthy!

Edgeworth:
What?

Gant:
Think about it. Wrighto had all this time to present this evidence... Yet he was reluctant to do so. Why would that be?

Edgeworth:
...! You mean you already know? You know whose fingerprints are on that?

Ema:
M-Mr. Wright... Do you really know?

Judge:
Whoever the fingerprints belong to must be the real murderer! Whose fingerprints are they!?

Phoenix:
Very well. I'll tell you. (It should be okay now. Everything's proceeding as predicted.) The person whom these fingerprints belong to are...


Judge:
Ema? Ema Skye!?

Ema:
What!? They're mine...!?

Phoenix:
I'm sorry, Ema...

Ema:
But why... Why didn't you tell me!?

Gant:
Oh ho ho ho! You're really something, Wrighto! You knew this girl did it all along, and you still tried to pin the murderer on me!

Judge:
So it's true. Tragic, but true. This girl really did shove Prosecutor Marshall to his death.

Holdit

Lana:
How could you!? You... you monster!!!

Judge:
Ms. Skye...

Lana:
You knew whose fingerprints those were all along, yet you... you acted like she really didn't...

Phoenix:
Ms. Skye. It's not over yet...

Lana:
What!?

Phoenix:
I said this trial isn't over yet.

Gant:
Ha! But I'm afraid it is over, boy! Not only this trial... but your career too!

Phoenix:
...

Gant:
You purposely concealed this conclusive evidence. That, my friend, is a serious offense.

Phoenix:
...

Gant:
I'm looking forward to pressing charges after the defendant is convicted. I'll have your badge, boy!

Phoenix:
...

Gant:
What's the matter, cat got your tongue? Aren't you going to tell us how it feels? How it feels to be the one who single-handedly turned a poor little girl into a murderer!?

Phoenix:
... Before I do that... there's just one little thing I have to clear up.

Gant:
Oh? And what's that?

Phoenix:
Who really killed Prosecutor Neil Marshall.

Judge:
What!?

Phoenix:
Chief Gant, you are absolutely right. This piece of cloth proves who the real murderer is. Who killed Neil Marshall, you ask?

Judge:
It was Ema Skye, wasn't it?

Phoenix:
I'm afraid that's not possible. You see, this piece of cloth contains a critical contradiction!

Gant:
What!? A contradiction!? What is this fool babbling about!?

Phoenix:
I'm talking about a contradiction. One that proves... who the real killer is!

Judge:
M-Mr. Wright! This piece of cloth... What could it possibly contradict!?

Phoenix:
(Chief Gant, your tyrannical reign ends here!) Behold! The piece of evidence that contradicts this cloth!


Gant:
And what exactly is this supposed to be...?

Phoenix:
This is the picture Ms. Skye took. Take a good look at it. See where the piece of his vest was cut out?

Judge:
Yes... His shirt is showing underneath. It's hard to make out with all the blood on his vest, though.

Phoenix:
Exactly my point. His chest is soaked with blood. That's only natural. His lungs no doubt were punctured. Blood poured out of his mouth.

Judge:
Oh! But that piece of cloth... Wait... There's no blood on it!

Gant:
AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

Phoenix:
Since Ema Skye's fingerprints are on this cloth, there's no doubt that she shoved the prosecutor aside! However! Mr. Marshall was not impaled on the sword!

Gant:
No! Th-this is nonsense!

Phoenix:
Now then, Chief Gant. Let me ask you something. Prosecutor Marshall was not impaled when he was shoved aside.

Edgeworth:
He most likely hit his head on the ground and was knocked out.

Phoenix:
If so, then tell me. Who could it have been? Who could have arrived at the scene before Ms. Skye, picked up the unconscious prosecutor, and impaled him on the armor's sword?

Gant:
Hnnngngghgghh...

Edgeworth:
Then, to make it look like Ema was responsible for the prosecutor's death, said person proceeded to write her name on the jar with the victim's blood. Then he broke the jar on purpose, to leave behind a clue, and make Lana believe her sister did it!

Gant:
...

Phoenix:
Remember what you admitted only moments ago? That you personally cut out this bloodless piece of the victim's vest? Ironic, isn't it? Through the very act of creating "insurance," you proved that you were the actual murderer!

Gant:
NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Phoenix:
(It's finished...)

Objection

Gant:
Heh... Heh heh heh! Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho! That was close, Wrighto! You almost had me!

Phoenix:
!

Gant:
Sorry, but you'll have to do better than that. I refute your allegations.

Judge:
What do you mean, you "refute" his allegations?

Gant:
You see, that piece of cloth... is illegal evidence!

Judge:
Order! Order! What nonsense is this!?

Gant:
Illegal evidence cannot be used to convict a suspect! Remember, Udgey? Earlier, ol' Wrighto here concealed that piece of cloth!


Gant:
So then... what's your excuse Wrighto? You do have some conclusive evidence, don't you?

Phoenix:
... Your Honor, I don't have any evidence I can present at this point in time.


Judge:
Well, that's true... The defense did refuse to present evidence!

Gant:
At that moment, that piece of cloth ceased to be "legal evidence"!

Ema:
But that's not fair...!

Gant:
Hoo hoo hoo hooooo! Did you actually think you could best me in court? It looks like the last laugh's on you, son!

Judge:
I'm afraid Mr. Gant's claim is legally correct. Well, Mr. Edgeworth?

Edgeworth:
True... Illegal evidence cannot be used to convict a person... assuming, of course, that the evidence is indeed illegal.

Judge:
Hmm? Well, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
... (It seems... at last... The time for me to reveal my plan has finally arrived.)

Judge:
Mr. Wright. Do you admit to it? That you purposefully and illegally concealed this piece of cloth?



Phoenix:
Certainly, I refused to present evidence at one point.

Gant:
Aha! So the evidence is illegal!

Phoenix:
Objection
No it isn't, Mr. Gant.

Gant:
Huh?

Phoenix:
It's not that I "didn't" present evidence then... it's that I "couldn't."

Judge:
What do you mean, you "couldn't"?

Phoenix:
There are certain procedures involved when presenting evidence!

Gant:
No, Udgey! Don't listen to his lies! He's nothing but a coward! You can't let him?

Edgeworth:
Objection
There is only one issue left to be resolved in this trial: Is this evidence legal or not?

Judge:
Very well. Let us settle this once and for all. Earlier you refused to present evidence. If you can prove your conduct was not in violation of the law, then do so now!


Phoenix:
This is my proof, Your Honor: "Evidence Law."

Gant:
What's this?

Phoenix:
I've done my homework too, Chief. Indeed, Ema Skye's fingerprints were on this piece of cloth. However! At that point in time, this was merely a piece of cloth, nothing more.

Gant:
What?

Phoenix:
You see, it's written right here in this book: The second rule of evidence law!

Gant:
...!

Edgeworth:
Rule 1: no evidence shall be shown without the approval of the Police Department!

Phoenix:
I found this piece of evidence myself... inside your safe. It goes without saying I did not approval from the Police Department.

Edgeworth:
Rule 2: unregistered evidence presented must be relevant to the case in trial.

Phoenix:
And here is the crux of the matter. You see, at the time it was impossible for me to prove the relevance... between the cloth and the SL-9 Incident.

Gant:
What!? What kind of nonsense is this!? You want "relevancy"? Just take one look at this picture and-

Phoenix:
Objection
Sorry, but can you recall... when was that picture presented?

Judge:
That was shown only a few moments ago!

Gant:
No...

Edgeworth:
He's right. At the beginning of today's trial, that piece of cloth was still meaningless.

Phoenix:
The person who gave it value as evidence... was you, Damon Gant.

Gant:
...!

Edgeworth:
You yourself confessed to a certain "truth."


Phoenix:
Let me verify this once more. On the day of the crime, you personally cut out this piece of the victim's vest?

Gant:
Oh, yes!


Gant:
NNNNOOOOO!!!

Edgeworth:
It was then that you approved this cloth... as conclusive evidence. Yes! You, the Chief of Police, personally approved this cloth!

Phoenix:
The only person who could have cut this from the victim's vest... is the one who stood before Prosecutor Marshall in his final moments. In other words, the real murderer! And there's only one person who that could be... Damon Gant, the killer was you!

Gant:
N... N... Mmph... WA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO UH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW!!! I knew I should have gotten rid of him... That good-for-nothing scum! For two years he's been snooping around the department trying to get something on me! Crimes are being committed everyday, yet he insisted on hounding me!

Edgeworth:
Well, your crime wasn't exactly petty.

Gant:
He wanted to reinvestigate the case. He recruited Angel Starr, then convinced Bruce Goodman...

Phoenix:
Detective Goodman?

Gant:
Yeah, that's right.


Marshall:
If the evidence is transferred I'll lose my only chance to find out the truth! Please, you've got to help me!


Gant:
Goodman turned him down, as he ought to. Still, Jake Marshall didn't know when to quit.

Edgeworth:
He stole Goodman's ID card and tried to take the evidence!

Gant:
Goodman came to me that day. He wanted to file a lost item report. I went with him to the evidence room. Then all of a sudden he had to speak out!


Gant:
What are you talking about, Goodman?

Goodman:
Can you please reopen the investigation, Chief? We can't transfer the evidence out. There are too many questions left unanswered!


Gant:
He... told me to open up the evidence room and take it out.


Goodman:
It's not too late. I'll hand this to Marshall!


Gant:
Well, to be honest, I was a little panicked, too. I had a bad feeling about it, but never knew it would come to this. That's when I saw it... that accursed knife. I couldn't just pull it out.

Edgeworth:
You would only increase the amount of blood and you couldn't finish what you started.

Gant:
Even so, the blood was just pouring out. I didn't know who might stumble in, so I was wiping it up. I was worrying so much about the floor, I didn't realize my mistake.

Phoenix:
Detective Gumshoe's bloody hand print...

Gant:
I used to be known as the "crime computer"... But everyone has to start somewhere, I guess. I was too nervous. I had no business doing any of it.

Edgeworth:
Then you put the body in my car?

Gant:
I'm sorry! We couldn't think of any other way to move the body. We broke the trunk, but what's the big deal? You pull down a lot more than us detectives!

Edgeworth:
Grr...

Phoenix:
W-what does this have to do with anything? You're horrible! How could you get Ms. Skye involved in all of this!?

Gant:
Well, she had as much to lose as I did if the truth came out.

Edgeworth:
So you took the evidence from Detective Goodman's locker?

Gant:
I feel bad for having to do it. I couldn't sit around and pick and choose what to take.

Phoenix:
Well... you left the jar fragment and gloves.

Gant:
... Yeah... It looks like I was better off being an investigator of crimes than a committer. They all did their best to get in my way... I've got to hand it to them, they do their jobs well... much to my dismay.

Edgeworth:
Fake evidence doesn't hold up very well upon close examination. You must have known that...

Gant:
Tell me, Worthy. What are you doing in court?

Edgeworth:
Me?

Gant:
You despise criminals. I can feel it. You and me... we're the same.

Edgeworth:
!

Gant:
One day you'll understand. If you want to take them on alone... you'll figure out what's needed!

Edgeworth:
...

Gant:
Well, looks like it's time to say goodbye. Oh, Udgey.

Judge:
Wh-what?

Gant:
Looks like we'll have to cancel that lunch date. Sorry old friend!

Judge:
... I'm sorry too, Damon Gant.

Gant:
...

Judge:
I knew you as you used to be, long ago. You were once a fine investigator, and an example to others on the force. I'm sorry to learn that you are no longer that person.

Gant:
Those days are gone now, Udgey. Thanks for all the memories, though... Don't worry, you'll be fine! Now you have Wrighto here... and Worthy. With these two around, you can't go wrong... You see, if I listen carefully, I can hear it right now... The sound of a new beginning!

Phoenix:
There are two things I want you to understand.

Lana:
Yes?

Phoenix:
First, your sister never hurt anyone. Second, Damon Gant betrayed you from the beginning. You see, Ms. Skye... you no longer have any reason to keep silent.

Lana:
You're right. When this trial is over, I'll tell everything. All that I've done these past two years... from the time I had Gant help me forge evidence, up until today.

Judge:
So... it seems all the questions raised in this trial have been answered.

Phoenix:
I'm sorry, Ms. Skye... I couldn't get you out of all your trouble.

Lana:
... My, my. What high standards you have... for a rookie.

Phoenix:
...!

Lana:
I can see why Mia thought so highly of you. Who knows? A few years from now, you just might make it to the top. I owe you my thanks, Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
Ms. Skye...

Lana:
And to you too, Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
...!

Lana:
You've suffered every bit as much as I have over these past few days. Believe me, I know how much of an ordeal it's been for you.

Edgeworth:
Hmph! It was nothing.

Phoenix:
(Liar...)

Lana:
I was worried the pressure might break you. And yet... you rose above it all and guided Mr. Wright to victory. You've done well, Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
S-stop it! I only did my job!

Judge:
In light of this case... It seems a good self-examining is in order for all of us. Ms. Skye.

Lana:
Yes, Your Honor?

Judge:
You are innocent of murder. However... Although the Chief blackmailed you, the fact is you still acted as his accomplice. A trial will be scheduled for these crimes at a later date.

Lana:
Yes. I understand, Your Honor.

Judge:
Is there something amusing about all of this? Why are you smiling?

Lana:
It's been a long time, Your Honor. A long time since I've felt free of these heavy chains...

Judge:
Well, this trial has gone on far too long already. Regarding the charge of murder, this court finds the defendant, Ms. Lana Skye...

Not Guilty

Judge:
That is all. The court is adjourned!




February 25, 5:03 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Phoenix:
(At long last... It's finally over...) E-Ema?

Ema:
...

Phoenix:
Why the long face? I'm sorry your sister didn't get completely off the hook, but at least she wasn't convicted for a murder she didn't commit!

Ema:
No, that's not it. Just now, after the trial ended...


Lana:
I can see why Mia thought so highly of you. I owe you my thanks, Mr. Wright. And to you too, Mr. Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
...!

Lana:
You've suffered every bit as much as I have over these past few days. You've done well.


Ema:
You know, I did my best too. But... Lana didn't say a single word to me.

Gumshoe:
Hope I'm not interrupting anything.

Phoenix:
...

Ema:
...

Gumshoe:
Oh... Guess I am. I'll come back later.

Phoenix:
Ah, Detective Gumshoe! What is it?

Gumshoe:
You're doing this on purpose, aren't you? Making a detective run all around while on duty, and to top it off you call me here... I've seen happier people at funerals! Hey, lighten up, pals. I'm only kidding!

Ema:
Oh... Are you here because of my sister again?

Gumshoe:
Nope, not this time! I came today because of you, pal!

Ema:
Me...?

Gumshoe:
That's right. I thought you'd like to see someone.

Ema:
Lana!

Phoenix:
Should you be doing this? She's still under arrest, you know.

Gumshoe:
... Well, I won't tell if you won't.

Lana:
Ema... I owe you an apology.

Ema:
It's okay, Sis. Don't worry about it.

Lana:
That day, two years ago,

Ema:
...!

Lana:
was the first time in my life I ever panicked. It was all I could do to keep myself from screaming. All I could think about was keeping you from getting wrapped up in that mess.

Ema:
Sis...

Lana:
I asked Gant to help me cover up the "truth." I thought I was doing it for your sake... But now I realize I was wrong.

Ema:
...

Lana:
I changed after that day. I had to... It was the only way I could make it through the past two years. I knew how much I was hurting you by distancing myself... but I couldn't bring myself to tell you what I did. I... I was scared. Scared that you'd look at me with those eyes of yours. I was scared of how you'd react if you knew...

Ema:
But Sis! You were only doing it for me...

Lana:
No...

Ema:
Huh?

Lana:
I turned my back on you that day. In hiding what I believed to be the truth, I was deceiving you!

Ema:
Sis...

Lana:
I'm such a fool... It took me all this time to realize it. Ema... I'm so sorry.

Ema:
But Sis! You don't have to apologize! I'm happy now!

Lana:
You're... happy?

Ema:
Of course! You know, Sis, I always knew that one day you'd come back. And now you have!

Lana:
Oh Ema... Ema!


Phoenix:
No one can change the past. The only thing we can do is strive to make up for our mistakes. Why must we make up for our mistakes, you ask? Because in so doing... we can find the way back to our path. And once we've found our path, we can move on from our past mistakes toward a brighter future. At least, that's what I felt, looking at those two sisters make up.


Lana:
Mr. Wright. Mr. Gumshoe.

Gumshoe:
M-Me?

Lana:
Thank you both, for all that you've done. I'm sure we'll meet again someday. Isn't that right, Edgeworth?

Phoenix:
E-Edgeworth...?

Lana:
Stop hiding and come over here.

Phoenix:
(Where was he hiding!?)

Edgeworth:
I just came to say... Congratulations.

Lana:
Thank you.

Ema:
Thank you, Mr. Edgeworth!

Edgeworth:
Right. Well... I'll be going now!

Lana:
Mr. Edgeworth. I hope you don't blame yourself for what happened.

Edgeworth:
...!

Lana:
We were the ones who acted corruptly, not you.

Edgeworth:
... It's too late for me.

Phoenix:
...!

Edgeworth:
No matter what anyone may say, I realized today that I can't change my own mistakes!

Ema:
Mr. Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
Not only that, but I don't even trust myself anymore. Chief Gant was right...


Gant:
You despise criminals. I can feel it. You and me... we're the same.

Edgeworth:
!

Gant:
One day you'll understand. If you want to take them on alone... you'll figure out what's needed!


Edgeworth:
I do despise criminals. I planned to dedicate my entire life to fighting them. But in order to fight crime alone, one needs a "weapon." It's scary, but I've been thinking the same thing for quite some time now.

Phoenix:
But Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
Who knows? Given enough time, I might have tried to pull something like Chief Gant did. That thought terrifies me. That's why I can't continue on as a prosecutor!

Lana:
Edgeworth... Don't you understand? Damon Gant and your mentor, Manfred von Karma...

Edgeworth:
...!

Lana:
were both the best of the best when it came to fighting crime. But they both made the same mistake.

Edgeworth:
...

Lana:
You said, "in order to fight crime alone, one needs a weapon." That may be right, but think back to today's trial. You weren't alone.

Edgeworth:
...!

Lana:
You were working together with Mr. Wright. And because of that partnership, you were able to present evidence that otherwise would have gone undiscovered. Isn't that right, Mr. Wright?

Phoenix:
Huh? What? Oh, uh... yeah. (What is this, a pop quiz?)

Ema:
Come on, Mr. Wright! Show him what Lana's talking about!

Phoenix:
(Evidence... that neither Edgeworth nor I would have been able to find on our own?)


Edgeworth:
... It's time for me to go.

Ema:
Mr. Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
If you'll excuse me... there are still some loose ends that need wrapping up. Take care, Chief Prosecutor.

Phoenix:
Edgeworth! What will you do now?

Edgeworth:
...

Phoenix:
Well, whatever you do, just remember. What happened in this trial can either make or break you as a prosecutor. In the end, it's up to you.

Edgeworth:
I know... It seems I owe you my thanks too, Wright. But what I face now... is my problem.

Phoenix:
Edgeworth... I'll be waiting for you in court.

Edgeworth:
... Farewell.

Lana:
I'd better be getting back too.

Ema:
Okay. I'll come visit you!

Lana:
It seems we both still have a lot to learn. Here, this is a little something for you.

Ema:
"Scientific Investigation"...

Lana:
It's the first book I ever bought. Study it well.

Ema:
Thanks, Sis! I will!


Phoenix:
And so, another case came to a close. As for the sisters... I have faith. Faith that their lives... have only just begun. And as for me... I think it's time I started on a new journey of my own. A journey to rediscover myself.


Gumshoe:
Well, don't go trekking off just yet, pal!

Phoenix:
Huh? What is it, Detective?

Gumshoe:
There's just a little matter to be resolved about the Chief Prosecutor. You see, she isn't supposed to be out of jail like this.

Ema:
But...

Phoenix:
I thought you said it was okay.

Gumshoe:
Yeah, well it may be "okay" with me, but the folks at the prison are a different story.

Phoenix:
Huh?

Gumshoe:
Basically, I had to bribe a guard in order to sneak her out for 30 minutes. Believe me, it wasn't cheap either!

Phoenix:
Huh?

Ema:
Way to go, Detective! I didn't know you had a wild side!

Gumshoe:
Yeah, well... ha ha! You see... Mr. Wright here's the one who'll be footin' the bill.

Phoenix:
Huh? Huh?

Gumshoe:
What, you think I could afford that with my salary? You gotta be kiddin' me, pal!

Phoenix:
Huh? Huh? Huh?

Ema:
Thank you, Mr. Wright! You're the best!

Phoenix:
... (Why is it... I suddenly feel like I want to scream?)

Gumshoe:
Since we're all here, why don't we all go together?

Ema:
Yeah, that's a great idea! Come on, guys! Let's go!!!

Phoenix:
Objection




Lana:
I arranged for a friend of mine in Europe to take care of Ema. She's a coroner. I think Ema will be pleased. As for me, this affair has pretty much ended my days at the Prosecutor's Office. Still, I'll manage to find my way back to the field somehow. Then I'll be able to investigate crimes together with Ema.


Gumshoe:
Yikes! I thought I was a goner for a moment there! In the end, though they overlooked my unauthorized investigation of the Chief's office. "If we penalized you any more, it'd be worse than firing you!" Yep. That's what they said. It just goes to show... You can't shake me off that easily!


Meekins:
My new mission is to guard the main entrance and take care of Billy! Can you believe it!? I've been demoted to a security guard! My partner's keeping an eye on the entrance for me today. I'll show them, though! Someday I'm going to make detective! Yes sir! Then I can be just like that Dick Gumshoe!




Marshall:
What is it? Can't you see I'm havin' me a showdown with a steak lunch, pardner? Miss Starr managed to sneak this in to me. She's seeing one of the guards it seems. Well, cowboy... It seems like you did it. You even gave Bambina back her smile. Can you make sure Billy and the gang get their water?


Angel:
Looks like we won't be seeing each other for a while... As a farewell gift, I put a new meal on the menu: The Wright Way Lunch. The top layer tastes as bitter as defeat, but the bottom layer's as sweet as victory. Kids seem to dig the turnabout theme. It's a hot seller around exam time! Just make sure not to eat it backwards!


Judge:
I'll never forget what that young defense lawyer said after the trial. Let's see, what was his name again? Mr. Left...? Anyway, he said he's been doing, er, something or other for, uh... how many years...? Well anyway! I've got another trial to get to, so I'd better be... Huh? Oh no! I forgot my gavel! Sorry, gotta go!


Maya:
Aaaaah! Nothing soothes the soul like fresh, country air! Still, sometimes I do miss hearing Nick and his "objections"... Still, I can't go back until I'm a full-fledged spirit medium!

???:
Maya! Afternoon training's about to begin!

Maya:
Coming!!! Well, see you around Nick!


Mr. Edgeworth.

Bellboy:
Uh, Mr. Edgeworth? I brought you your tea... ... ? What's going on?


Ema:
Thanks for coming to see me off! I can't believe I'm going to Europe. Thank you, Mr. Wright! Thank you so much for everything!!! I'm a little sad, but I'll be all right! Whenever I want to see Lana, all I have to do is open this book...











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